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Amber Whited's autopsy could take a month; Family needs closure

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Updated: 8/05/2013 6:46 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A week later and the family of Amber Whited is still fighting to bring the murdered mom home.

Investigators are awaiting an autopsy to determine how she died, but Action News has learned it could take another month, making it difficult for this local family to put the tragedy behind them.

"She was just a warm, sweet, soft spoken young lady. She was saving her money and trying to get a better life for her children and she was taken too soon to do that," said a close friend of Amber and the family, Teresa Massad.

Amber Whited was a loving friend to many and a mother to two little girls. She disappeared almost two weeks ago, and police found her body just five days later, but she hasn't been returned to the family for proper burial, leaving them with little closure.

"Everybody is kind of getting better with things, feeling better and moving on, and then you know this funeral is going to come and it's just going to bring it all back out again," said Amber's close friend, Michelle Rhymes.

Action News has learned Amber's body was transferred from Savannah, Ga. to Atlanta on Friday. We found out that the local medical examiner's office doesn't have the forensic expert needed to complete the full autopsy. Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering tells us it could be two to three more weeks before the family can lay Amber to rest.

In the meantime, the community is stepping up to shed light on a tragic situation.

"Everybody had came for Amber and everybody had thanked us for what we were doing and said we were doing a good thing," said Rhymes, who is also the manager at the Larry's Giant Subs where Amber used to work.

The Larry's Giant Subs shop on highway 341 saw record sales last Thursday for their fundraiser, raking in more than $2,300 to pay for funeral costs.

On Saturday, the Harley Davidson in Brunswick is hosting a 100 mile Memorial Ride for Amber. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and kickstands go down at 11.

Anyone who wants to show their support will meet at the Harley Davidson on Perry Lane. There's a $20 mandatory donation, per bike, and all the proceeds will go to Amber Whited's family to help pay for funeral arrangements.
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