LEE COUNTY, FL (WAFF) - An NBC-affiliate station in Fort Myers, Florida reported that Lee County Florida deputies have roped off an area on Pine Island in connection with the search for Amy Patterson.
Patterson, a Huntsville woman, has been missing since July of 2011.
Multiple sources said Patterson's ex-husband, Daniel Proctor, confessed and told investigators where to find her body after he was sentenced for theft in Huntsville Tuesday afternoon.
Proctor was named a suspect shortly after her disappearance. Investigators at the Lee County Sheriff's Office believed Patterson was a victim of domestic homicide.
Proctor was charged with assault against Patterson in 1994.
Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning confirmed that a Lee County investigator was in Madison County Tuesday and talked with Proctor after the sentencing.
Sheriff Dorning said he doesn't know if Proctor is cooperating, but he said there is not an active search going on for Patterson in Madison County.
Amy's brother said authorities have been in touch with the family, but he would not say if the family was informed about the search going on in Florida, nor would he comment on whether or not the family had been told that Proctor informed authorities where to locate Patterson.
"With everything going on right now, it is best you get your information from authorities," Patterson's brother said.
Tuesday, Proctor was found guilty of one count of second degree theft and one count of first degree theft by a jury after he stole an SUV and a gun from a friend in Madison County. The judge sentenced him to life in prison for both counts of theft, to be served consecutively.