Wrongful death lawsuit filed in case of Lauren Agee
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
A wrongful death lawsuit is being filed in the case of Lauren Agee.
Agee was found dead in Center Hill Lake while camping with a group of people. The lawsuit filed by Agee’s mother Sherry Smith, alleges that Agee was “killed through the intentional, negligent or reckless acts of the defendants.”
Agee, 21, was attending Wakefest, a three-day wakeboarding competition and festival at Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tenn. on the weekend of July 25-27, 2015.
A private investigator Sheila Wysocki was hired by Smith. Below is information from Wysocki’s affidavit.
Agree was camping with a group of people on a plateau overlooking the lake with Hannah Nicole Palmer, Aaron Lilly and Christopher Stout. Brixner Gambrell also spent time with the group that weekend, the affidavit said.
Agee was last seen on the morning of July 26. Agee’s purse, shoes and cell phone were found next to her hammock.
Palmer previously told tells FOX 17 she didn't call police because somebody told her Agee later went back to the marina bar and might have slept on a houseboat.
The affidavit says Stout, Lilly and Palmer told police they woke up that morning to find Agee missing, though a report was never made.
Two local fishermen found Agee’s body at 4 p.m. later that day, floating face down in the water coves by the campsite.
The affidavit alleges within minutes of finding Agee’s body, the group showed up and asked, “is that my friend?” The affidavit also says Agee’s body was found with multiple blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office lead the investigation and concluded that Agee’s death was an accident, something which the affidavit disputes, citing there wasn’t water found in Agee’s lungs, injuries on her body indicate she was involved in a prior struggle and there was a bite mark on her chest.
The affidavit also states symmetrical injuries on Agee’s back, her neck showed signs of hemorrhaging and her clothes weren’t consistent with those involved in a fall.
Wysocki conducted experiments at Agee’s death site and she alleges that Agee’s death was not an accident, but a homicide by the group, then covered up by them.
The case is headed to Civil County Judge Johnathan Young on Jan. 4. Young will decide if the case goes to trial.