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FDLE: ME investigator stole jewelry from dead bodies

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Updated: 9/17/2013 11:49 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A forensic investigator with the Medical Examiner's Office is charged with official misconduct, dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership on pawnbroker transaction form after Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators allege he sold 62 items, some of which were stolen from dead bodies that he had access to over the past year.

Christopher Dwight Allen, 46, was arrested Friday and is now being held in the Duval County Jail on $150,000 bond.

The arrest has one mother wondering if Allen is responsible for items that have been missing since her daughter's death in 2009.

Angel King says Natasha Boykin, 24, was wearing diamond stud earrings and a heart-shaped necklace when she was found dead in a Jacksonville Beach apartment.

King says she filed multiple complaints with the Medical Examiner's Office in the months that followed her daughter's death, but was told the items don’t exist.

Then, on Monday, when she learned about Allen's arrest, she began reviewing case paperwork once more.

"I saw that's the same investigator that investigated my daughter's case from the medical examiner's office and I've been complaining about her jewelry missing since day one.

Gretl Plessinger, a spokesperson for the FDLE, wouldn't confirm if Boykin's jewelry is part of the Allen case, but sent Action News this statement:  "We won’t be able to respond because it’s active. We put everything we could in the press release."

The investigation, however, gives King hope that her daughter's case will someday be reopened. She now plans to file a complaint with the State Attorney's Office.

"This just further warrants exactly what I've been saying all along and I just plead for help."

David DeCamp, a spokesman for the Mayor's Office, said Allen is a former law enforcement officer, but could not confirm what branch he was employed with.

Jackie Barnard, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office, said the state attorney's office is reviewing Allen's impact on all homicide cases.
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RFM2009 - 9/17/2013 7:51 AM
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This clown belongs UNDER the jail. He's betrayed the Public Trust.
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