EATONTON – The death of 63-year-old Lydia Huggins Ivanditti has sent shock waves across three counties in the Lake Country of Georgia.
As of Monday night, local and state law enforcement authorities still haven’t said exactly how she met her death.
Although the final results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of her death still are pending additional lab tests and examination, “the circumstances of the death are suspicious of foul play and still under investigation,” according to a joint press release from Eatonton police and the agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
That statement along with others was the latest information to be released about what is being referred to as an ongoing death investigation.
Her body was taken to the GBI Crime Laboratory in Atlanta where a medical examiner performed an autopsy on Monday, according to the press release.
Authorities said in the press release that Ivanditti’s body was discovered by a family member after that person became concerned over about her well-being. Authorities have not released any other information regarding the discovery of her body last Friday afternoon.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills confirmed that his office received the initial 911 emergency call to Ivanditti’s home at 307 W. Walnut St. in Eatonton.
Ivandetti still owned the residence, but reportedly had been living in the Atlanta area for the past several months. She reportedly was coming down to visit and take care of her elderly mother on the weekends.
“The city police have not discussed anything regarding this death nor have they nor anyone else requested my services or assistance in this matter,” Sills told The Union-Recorder via email. “It is my understanding that the city police have called in the GBI to investigate the matter.”
After uniformed officers and investigators from the Eatonton Police Department received the call about the death, they along with Chief Kent Lawrence went to the residence where they found Ivanditti’s body. Lawrence then called the GBI for assistance, as well as the Putnam County Coroner’s Office.
Police officers secured the scene until agents with the GBI, including a crime scene specialist could arrive to collect evidence and take photographs.
“The scene was processed well into the morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 3, along with interviews and investigative acts that were conducted for this death investigation,” according to the latest press release.
Ivanditti, who served as director of The Arts Plaza in Eatonton for four years before deciding to open a business at Harmony Crossing near Lake Oconee, was widely known for her role and support with arts and theatre events in Baldwin, Putnam and Greene counties.
Since then, authorities have remained tight-lipped about answering questions from the media about Ivanditti’s death.
Lawrence along with GBI Special Agent Joe Wooten, agent-in-charge of the Milledgeville Region 6 Office, refused to return repeated telephone calls to them Monday from The Union-Recorder regarding questions about the case.
The Monday night press release was the second one that authorities have issued about the case since the death was first learned.
Anyone with information that might be helpful to local and state authorities investigating the death is asked to call Eatonton police at 706-485-3551 or the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville at 478-445-4173.