Police search for wife of slain man

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 4, 2002

MARION &045; Perry County authorities say they want to question the wife of a man found dead at his home on County Road 45 near the Dallas County line Tuesday.

Perry County deputies found the body of Michael Sapp, 42, at his home early Tuesday morning. Perry County Sheriff James Hood said the death had been ruled a homicide.

Hood confirmed there are several possible suspects, including Sapp’s wife, Emma Jean Lightsey, who is wanted for questioning since the body was found at their home on County Road 45 near the Perry County and Dallas County line.

Relatives, including Sapp’s daughter, have all been notified and questioned about the death.

Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call that shots had been fired at, or near, the home the night before.

When the two deputies who responded to the call arrived, they entered Sapp’s home finding him shot to death near the kitchen floor.

Hood said Sapp’s death was a result of two obvious gunshot wounds, but no definite details were available.

Authorities have reason to believe the victim was killed the night before when shots were first heard near the home, as told to investigators by neighbors. Hood said the condition of the body and other aspects of the investigation indicate that Sapp was not killed at the time of the call Tuesday morning.

Following the investigation of the crime scene, Sapp’s body was transported to forensics for further analysis, Hood said. He said he expects to have more information after an autopsy is conducted.