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CRYSTAL RIVER — A woman discovered gunned down in her car during the middle of the night earlier this week was a confidential informant for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, an attorney for the woman’s family said Friday.
Jamie Seeger, who authorities said died Wednesday from multiple gunshot wounds, had been paid to give sheriff’s detectives information on drug dealers and was in fear for her safety, attorney Bill Grant said.
Grant said he is seeking information from the sheriff’s office, state attorney and Citrus County Clerk’s Office he said would shed light on Seeger’s relationship with detectives and circumstances of her death.
“We believe her death is a direct relation to her working with the sheriff’s department,” Grant said.
Sheriff Jeff Dawsy could not be reached for comment. No arrests have been made in the case.
Seeger, 27, was discovered in her Chrysler Crossfire about 3 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of North Reynolds Avenue and West Cyrus Street, about a mile and a half east of Crystal River.
Detectives said Seeger was in the driver’s seat and dead of gunshot wounds.
Grant said Seeger, the mother of a 10-month-old boy and 4-year-old girl, had worked several months as a confidential informant for the sheriff’s office.
He said Seeger’s mother, Wendy Moore and estranged husband, Eric Seeger, hired him to determine whether her work as an informant led to her death.
Moore declined to comment Friday, referring all questions to Grant.
Grant said Moore overheard a phone conversation her daughter had with a sheriff’s detective the afternoon prior to the shooting. He said Moore did not share details of the conversation; Grant said he will seek phone records from the sheriff’s office.
Grant said Jamie Seeger’s name was listed as a witness in several recent drug arrest court cases. Moore said one or two of these defendants visited Seeger, though Grant did not know details of those conversations.
Moore said her daughter told sheriff’s detectives she was in fear for her safety, Grant said.
Eric Seeger, who was separated from his wife, knew Jamie was being paid by the sheriff’s office to provide information, Grant said.
Grant said Jamie Seeger assisted in the arrests of 23 people on drug charges. He also said she was discovered with drugs and not arrested by sheriff’s deputies.
Grant said he planned to seek records from the sheriff’s office, including any confidential-informant contracts it had with Jamie Seeger. He said he would also request receipts that showed payments to Seeger from the sheriff’s office.
According to court records, Jamie Seeger was arrested in January on three counts of writing worthless checks. Grant said she had agreed to pay restitution and the charges were dropped.
Chronicle reporter Mike Wright can be reached at 352-563-3228 or email@example.com.