Athens resident Kimberly Patricia Cope, found dead Sunday Morning

Although Kimberly Patricia Cope legally changed her first name from a masculine one we have yet to ascertain if she identified as transgender.

Kimberly Patricia Cope

Kimberly Patricia Cope / Classic City News

Kimberly Patricia Cope, 40, was found Sunday morning at 6:00 am in Raising Cane’s parking lot across from her apartment on Baxter St.
According to Baxter City News which first reported on this, Ms. Cope was identified as male and in the Athens-Clarke County police report.

Freinds reportedly told police that the last time they knew she was across the street between 1 am and 3 am using wifi.

“They stated a white SUV pulled up and was speaking with Kimberly unknown if she got into the vehicle or not and when they looked outside again Kimberly no longer was in sight,” the officer wrote in the police report.

Kimberly Patricia Cope was found by a jogger at 6 am in the parking lot of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers at 795 Baxter St.

Sonny Wilson, of the Clarke County Coroner’s office, returned my call and confirmed that Kimberly Patricia Cope “had legally changed her name”.

Kimberly Patricia Cope recently changed her name to Kimberly, which was congregant with her gender expression.

He also confirmed that her body was found without any signs of trauma.  Wilson said he is awaiting the toxicology report.

When pressed for more information Wilson that she had changed her name “but that was all, nothing else.”

It is unknown if Kimberly Cope socially identified as a transgender woman at this but, time initial reports would indicate that she most likely did Until we know otherwise, we will identify the victim with female pronouns.

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The Georgia Voice headline identifies the victim as a transgender woman wrote:

While the victim’s exact gender identity is unknown, in a report obtained by Georgia Voice police identified Cope as a male. Classic City News, which first reported the incident, also included her deadname in their article, despite using she/her pronouns in reference to the victim.

Cope’s body was transported Monday to undergo an autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s State Crime Lab.

Police asked for anyone with information about this case to contact Sgt. Gregory Dickson at (762) 400-7070 or gregory.dickson@accgov.com.

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