(Updated) No Sign of Trauma on Stacey English's Body, Police Say

Cause of Buckhead woman's death remains unknown; Police not ruling out foul play.

From Patch Reports

Buckhead woman Stacey Nicole English's body showed no signs of trauma, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Though the initial autopsy of English's body showed no signs of trauma, police say that does not mean they have ruled out the possibility of foul play, the AJC reported late Wednesday.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed the body found on St. Johns Avenue in southwast Atlanta is that of , who was reported missing just after Christmas.

The annoucement was issued by the Atlanta Police Department on Wednesday.

"The medical examiner’s Office determined that her cause of death has not been determined and is pending further testing," said Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos. "Investigators will vigorously follow any and all leads to determine the circumstances that led to her death."

Tony English, the father of the missing Buckhead resident, said he received a 7:15 phone call Wednesday morning from the Fulton County Medical Examiner that the body found near Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood Monday was that of his missing daughter, according to WXIA/11Alive and other reports.

The office's chief medical examiner was tracking down fingerprints and dental records of English Tuesday afternoon to compare them with those of the body.

"The decedent is an adult black female, consistent in age with reported missing person Stacey English," said chief medical examiner Randy Hanzlick in a report.

Three men searching for scrap metal Monday found a woman’s body under a tree near the amphitheater. The body was discovered on St. Johns near the Pryor Street intersection.

Atlanta Fire and Rescue spokesman Capt. Jolyon Bundridge said firefighters were notified of the body just before 3 p.m. Monday, according to a story posted late Monday on the AJC.

Robert Kirk of St. Louis, MO, was the last person known to have seen English.

Sheila Anderson January 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Sincere condolences are extended to Ms English's family and circle of friends. Regrettably, culturally speaking, we never fully embrace the realities and subsequent effects of mental illness until its too late. So often, the cry in the dark from those experiencing various levels of mental illnesses, from the minute to the extreme, goes unheeded. We need to do better, brothers/sisters, by becoming educated about the many services and provisions available to those in need and break this cycle of ignorance and taboos when the people we love and cherish are begging for relief to their untold pain. Once we know better, only then will we do better.
Janita Poe January 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Well said, Sheila. Well said.
Ceci Haydel January 25, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Well said Shiela. The black community will not get help, see a therapist because it is taboo. Many won't take medications because they feel it may be seen as weak. I am not ashamed to say that I suffer from depression. And I fight everyday. My condolences to the English family. May they find peace.
Sheila Anderson January 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Continue to fight your fine fight, Cecil, and run your course to the finish! A soldier NEVER stops fighting until the war is over. We desperately need mental illness awareness and education on all levels, whether its for depression, bipolar disease, schizophrenia or severe phobias -for the rich and the poor, the young and the old. Sadly, until these maladies are addressed by Congress, State and local levels AND the stigmas attached to them are eradicated, we are all victimized by these disorders simply because its first line victims are now our children, our parents, spouses, friends or self. It's been said that if you THINK education is expensive, then try IGNORANCE!
Judy Rayford January 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Thanks Tom Joyner Radio Show for your continued effort to support the Black community
Judy Rayford January 25, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Wonder if medication is a trigger again for self distruction? Excellent point Dana. My heart goes out to the family
Tammary Scott January 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
This is the first I have heard of a mental illness with her . When was this mentioned?
Priscilla M January 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I think that it is very sad that people are focusing so much on "mental health issues" that Stacey may have had. There has been no determination that her death was in any way related to a mental health condition. In fact, the details that have been revealed would lead one to believe that this young women met with foul play. Her family, friends, and people she touched are experiencing incredible pain and sadness. Any mental health condition she may have had is at this point irrelevant. A beautiful young woman lost her life and that is what is relevant.
Judy Rayford January 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Thank you Priscilla you are so right. In all situations there are so many aspects to consider and each in its perspective is so important. We most save our beautyful futures
Sheila Anderson January 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Make no mistake, under no circumstances were my comments meant to disrespect the memory or purpose of Ms. English or her loved ones grieving her untimely death. It is an undisputed fact, however, that mental health is one topic in black society that we choose to ignore and speak about in quiet circles. No deduction to how she died was neither inferred nor suggested in my comments, rather, the plight of those suffering with depression, suicidal tendencies, without proper intervention has increased in alarming numbers. We are all responsible for each other and the time to walk outside of our comfort levels to offer aid to our loved ones is NOW! "If not me then who? If not now then when?"
Sheila Anderson January 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Please accept my genuine apology if any pain was added to your mourning as a result of my comments.
Dana D. January 26, 2012 at 04:25 AM
I agree with all of the above, however, her according to the medical examiner, further testing is needed to determine exact cause of death. I knew Stacey and went to the site where her body was found and the tree was one which has been dead for a long time. Her body was found under it. According to the three men, they said it looked as if it had been wedged under the tree. Also please keep in mind that her guest, Robert Kirk is from the same area (and was Facebook friends, and attended the same college) where Phoenix Coldon became missing nine days before Stacey. Just like in Stacey's case, her car was found running too. So this case may have nothing to do with any "mental illness". Stacey did undergo therapy for her suicide attempt back in 2008. However, that has absolutely nothing to do with what happened to her. *Side note* When it's all said and done, no amount of therapy is going to repair anyone's brain function and medication is only a temporary fix. This statement is relevant to the comments made from prior posts and again have nothing to do with what has happened to her.
Dana D. January 26, 2012 at 04:28 AM
She attempted suicide back in 2008 but this has nothing to do with what has happened. All eyes continue to be on Robert Kirk since he has been linked to both Stacey and Phoenix.
Dana D. January 26, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I understand where you are coming from but it did look as though you were implicating this as the cause of death. No worries.
Judy Rayford January 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The focus is on Now and How do we save our babies from "Roberts" or medications? Shelia your point is required and points take best during pain
Judy Rayford January 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Anyone take note that action started after the Tom Joyner announcement. How is it that NO checked the area around that car immediately
Peach January 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I feel the remarks about mental illness were out of place and short-sighted to be posted in response to this article. In a column focusing on mental illness, they would have been appropriate, but not here. There is an assumption that Ms English killed herself due to depression and a previous suicide attempt. The APD has got to work on this case more because it would be easy to look at her mental history and judge her for that. But as a woman who has lived with depression for years, successfully, I have to point out two basic facts: 1) If I were going to kill myself, I wouldn't drive to a deserted area and wedge myself under a tree, and 2) If I were going to kill someone who I knew had mental issues, I would do it in a way where her body wouldn't be discovered till decomposition set in and I would defend myself by saying she was crazy, look at her history! And I'd do it as many times as I could get away with it. We as a community have got to stop blaming the victim. APD needs to dig further.
Judy Rayford January 27, 2012 at 01:10 PM
May I disagree mental ilness is a subject that must be addressed. I disagree if she had a panic attach because of medication it must be addressed. What has so many people depress is it outside targeted pressure to cause all this implosions since lynching is not as easy with a rope
Carolyn Miller January 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I really do not think the writer is lacking sensitivity to imply that maybe the prior emotional state needs to be included in the equation when trying to determine the cause or causes of death. If one is to look at an external perpetrator, one must also look at the possibility of self-perpetration. It's reality....it happens....and, as we move more and more into a world of disenfranchisement for whatever reason, then suicide will become increasingly part of the equation of life and death. Look at all of the youngsters in middle and high school that are opting for suicide. This process is becoming an epidemic and Black folks are not the only ones that have some issues regarding this discussion...it is more a function of geography than ethnicity. I was raised in the south, moved to the north, and returned to Atlanta. I believe more folks (of all ethnic groups) in NE and NW were able to discuss these choices than in the SW and SE portions of the US. I have found that some folks will embrace the slowly destructive nature of drug abuse and alcoholism which are definitely suicidal paths, but will not talk openly about taking a gun or pills to end one's life much faster. We do need to have the dialogue.....more of us will make this choice when we cannot cope, for whatever reason.
Judy Rayford January 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM
well said
Teresa Clay February 02, 2012 at 04:25 AM
As a concerned St. Louisian I have been following Stacy's case very closely and was heart-broken that this was the outcome. To help I created a youtube video ' help us bring Phoenix Coldon home' and posted facebook updates on both girls, passed out flyers at a local club, called the news station and still many people wanted no involvement. Will there ever be a search party for Phoenix?! What happened to love thy neighbor? Teresa Clay
Teresa Clay February 02, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Stacey and Phoenix story are related whether people want to admit that or not. The message is clear from the lack of interest and mistaken made from the beginning in both cases. If you are African American you do not count as a valued part of the community. Your life does not matter unless people force the issue. A very smart man put it best. 'The only thing necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing'
Judy Rayford February 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Thank you and too many of use especially if they think they have it "made" are doing nothing, staying dump with a purpose. We must take responsibility for more than material and social standing
carol graham February 04, 2012 at 05:49 AM
My condolences goes out to the English family. I read a lot of good comments, by many who obviously felt the English family's heart ache. I pray that the police continue to investigate and find the truth. Shelia's earlier comments were sincere and on point of our responsibilities to our community when it comes to mental illness. The mental health system is over burdened and most families have limited resorces or education on how to save memebers that suffer with the disease. With that being said, in no way am I implying that such an illness caused the demise of Ms. English, but maybe her battle with similiar issues can bring light on the fact that people need help, along with families. Ms. English was an accomplished, educated, successful and well loved black women. As I followed the story, I felt the worse but hoped for the best. To the English family, heaven has a home. Ms. Stacy English is with the God now, you have another guardian angel. You did your best and Stacy became the best. God bless you all and I will continue to pray for you to have comfort and peace. Also that the police find the culprit that took this angel from you.
L K DeReus February 05, 2012 at 06:16 AM
My sympathy to the English family. As I read through the prior comments, I can't help but wonder ~ what is the message the person is really trying to "comment" about? Yes, a young women was found dead. She is now, in heaven, with God. Yes, a young women had issues with mental illness. It is unclear, nobody knows (but God) & they may never know if her "issues" had anything to do with her death. Yes the APD & the ME are continuing their investigations. Yes there is a social stigma associated with mental disorders/illness. Talking about it, taking medications, going to a therapist or a psychiatrist is hard for All people. It saddens me to read remarks like "the black community" & "African Americans". The year is 2012, why do people feel the need to & why do people have to "play the race card"? Death & Mental Disorders/illness do not discriminate. God Bless the English Family. Continue to give strength, guidance, support, & wisdom to all involved with Stacy's Case ~ In His Name I Pray, Amen
Sheila Anderson February 06, 2012 at 02:05 AM
L K , your comments and your viewpoint is respected AND accepted as your opinion. We all relish under the liberties of free speech and public expression. It's mind-boggling, however, to read do many comments attacking my freedom of speech. Any discerning ear should be able to ascertain the sincerity in my condolences to the friends and family of Ms. English. If the message of no ill will was not perceived in my commentary, then surely the immediate apology should be sufficient. But clearly this is not the case. Might I comment on your use of the phrase "playing the race card"? If I'm not mistaken, this medium caters to a specific demographic which happens to be predominantly African American. Its editor, contributing writers and even its sponsors are predominantly African American. I daresay to venture a guess that a majority of its readers are of the same, hence, my comments is simply an effective way to reach an intended target. Playing the race cars is a methodology used to gain an unfair advantage by highlighting and utilizing ONE's race. What saddens me, sir or ma'am, is the warped way you've chosen to take my comments out of context rather than recognize the dangers facing us all if we continue to do nothing about educating the masses about mental illness and its effects. Yes, it IS 2012 and Don Cornelius is gone. Donny Hathaway is gone. Angela Bofill is gone. Need I say more?
Sheila Anderson February 06, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Correction: Ms Phyllis Hyman is no longer with us, not Angela Bofill.
Judy Rayford February 06, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Your experence and education is clearly visable in your comments. Please continue your efforts and comments. Thank you I could not express my thoughts to Carol but ya put your "foot" in it.
Sarah February 16, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I agree Shelia...the race card comment was not needed...it is a fact that in African-American culture...mental illness is taboo...it is seen as a weakness and it carries an enormous stigma. If we don't have open discussions such as this one, how many more will die?
AtlantaJeff February 24, 2012 at 07:40 AM
To live in the hearts of those you have left behind, is to never die!!! Continue to fight the good fight!!!!!!


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