‘I just want answers”: Family members identify body found in backyard of Allendale rental property

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Family members have identified the body buried in the backyard of an Allendale home as LaDonna Williams.

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Loved ones tell Action News they haven’t heard from her since February.

“When I found out it was my mom, I instantly, I just, I was shocked,” her daughter Tammy Williams said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home in the 2900 block of West 9th Street in the Allendale area. On Wednesday, police were called to the scene after officers said the homeowner discovered a decomposing body buried in the backyard.

Officers said he was cleaning out the house to prepare for new renters when he discovered the body.

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Action News Jax spoke with Williams’ daughter, who said LaDonna was a mother of three and grandmother of 3.

“She was a very good mother, she was a good mother to all my friends, my siblings as well,” she said.

Williams said she won’t get closure until she gets answers as to what happened.

“She did not deserve to die like that,” Williams said.

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Detectives also said it is unclear how the individual, who family identified as LaDonna Williams, was killed.

JSO is in the process of reaching out to all the previous renters and asking anyone with information to contact them. Anyone who has information on this incident can call JSO at 904-630-0500.

Action News Jax will continue to follow the story and will update you as events unfold.