Albany, Ga. – An east Albany trailer park was rocked Wednesday with the discovery 44 year old Judith Dianne “Daisy” Hernandez’s body. The news media began to tell tales of Hernandez being murdered. Dougherty County district attorney Greg Edwards told WALB, “The body was sent to the crime lab for examination, and we will have more information about the cause of death and all the circumstances surrounding the death once we get the autopsy back.” However, Hernandez’s neighbors already had their minds made up.
The area where Hernandez was found, the Main Street Estates on Clark Avenue, is a hotbed of drugs and prostitution. Sources inside the Albany Police Department claim that Hernandez was indeed a prostitute who worked in that area. Edwards has said that while investigators will take into account the activity that takes place in the park, they are no less determined to catch Hernandez’s killer.
However, are police even looking for a killer? Some officers on the street say they aren’t. Albany Police Department media manager Phyllis Banks, in an email to the Journal, said, “It is an ongoing death investigation. We will know more when we receive the autopsy report. It was labeled as a homicide on the Uniform Bureau report.”
Some officers familiar with the case are less sure. At least one unofficial theory has Hernandez jumping out of a moving vehicle and hitting her head. The blow itself didn’t kill her however. Instead, she went home and went to bed, unaware that she had a concussion and passed away in her sleep as a result of the injury.
However, even if that was true, it doesn’t rule out homicide. One long time police officer believes that if Hernandez jumped out of a moving vehicle, it was for a good reason. “If she jumped, it wasn’t just for kicks. She may have been trying to flee someone wishing her harm,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity since he didn’t have permission to speak with the media.
Regardless, a 44 year old woman is dead, and police now have to determine if it was homicide or an accident. Not only that, but a neighborhood has to mourn the loss of someone who appears to have been a beloved neighbor.
Anyone with any information about this, please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS