Deputies: Man drove around with ex's body in trunk for 2 days

Patrick Eugene Wilkey charged with murder

 UPDATED 5:32 AM HST Jul 12, 2012
POLK CITY, Fla. -

A central Florida man drove around with the body of his ex-girlfriend in the trunk of his car for two days before dumping her body in the woods, authorities said.

Laura Michelle Hunt's body was found Tuesday in a wooded area in Polk City. An autopsy determined that she had been strangled.

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The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested Hunt's ex-boyfriend Wednesday. Patrick Eugene Wilkey of Auburndale is charged with first-degree murder.

The sheriff's office said Wilkey confessed to choking Hunt to death after becoming angry with her early Sunday.

An arrest report said Wilkey kept Hunt's body in the trunk until dumping the body Monday and abandoning the car.

Wilkey was being booked into the Polk County Jail. It was not clear early Thursday whether he had an attorney.

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