Injury to the throat revealed in death of missing Cody woman

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Central District this week released the cause of death for Emma Compton Layne — “homicidal violence to include traumatic neck injury, and the manner is homicide.”

“I want the guilty party or parties held accountable. That was wrong what they did to her. Emma deserves justice. She was a beautiful person,” said sister Shawna Krohn who lives in Mississippi.

Her sister Wynona Childress of Hurt feels the same way.

“I want someone arrested, convicted and to have to serve the maximum prison sentence. It’s not enough, because nothing will bring Emma back,” Childress added.

Layne died in June 2017 at the age of 52. An employee at Cody Store last reported seeing her alive on June 17, 2017.

Her family reported her missing on June 20, 2017.

Childress recalls going to Emma’s house that Monday and again on Tuesday to meet with law enforcement. After being inside the home, she began to have suspicions about how her late sister had died, but seeing it in print was much more upsetting.

“To see it so graphically printed, I was shocked,” said Childress. “When you know something in your heart and mind, you still don’t picture it.”

Five months after Emma was reported missing, hunters found her remains in a shallow grave in a wooded area approximately 700 yards off Sandy Ridge Road, mere miles from her Nathalie home.

For more on this story, see this week's Altavista Journal.