Published: Aug 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 5:39 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation, based on information from Daniel Proctor about the location of a body. Proctor is the chief suspect in the disappearance of Cape Coral woman, Amy Patterson.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit located a body in a densely wooded area near Howard Road and Bahama Way in Bokeelia.  The Forensics Unit is now working to excavate the remains and turn them over to the Medical Examiner for an autopsy. At that point, investigators will be able to make a positive identification and cause of death.

Deputies spent Tuesday evening searching the area near Patterson's former home in Bookelia.

Daniel Proctor was sentenced to life in prison on theft charges in a Huntsville, Alabama courtroom Tuesday morning. His ex-wife, Amy Patterson, has been missing for over a year. Proctor was suspected in her disappearance, but was never charged.

The theft charges in Madison County, Alabama were related to Proctor’s alleged flight after investigators began questioning him about Patterson’s disappearance. He fled in her vehicle, which was later found in Alabama. Proctor also stole a second vehicle, a 1997 Ford Explorer, and a .380 handgun before leaving a note indicating he may be en route back to Florida.

Amy Patterson's family released the following statement in reagrds to LCSO's death investigation: "Right now we are just in a state of shock even though it’s been a year and a month. They told us about the possible findings and now we are just waiting on the Forensic report. You just can’t prepare for how this feels."