Walker County mother waits 62 days for GBI to release her deceased daughter's body

In October, Jackiah Provens was found dead along with her father in this home in Walker County Georgia after a house fire. (Image courtesy Jacqueline Alby)

"She was very sweet, could cook, and she was wise beyond her age," says Jacqueline Albey, describing her daughter.

It's been two months since her daughter Jackiah Provens was found dead along with her father in this home in Walker County Georgia after a house fire. Investigators say the cause was electrical.

"As of today, it's been 62 days and they have not released my child's body yet," says Jacqueline.

Jacqueline says this has delayed her process of grieving.

"And it's very painful... It was tragic enough the way that she died, but not knowing when you're going to be able to lay her to rest is painful," says Jacqueline.

A viewer reached out to us about Jacqueline's problem, and so we reached out to authorities for answers.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) says Jackiah's body went to their crime lab to be identified. That process takes longer when forensic scientists must use DNA analysis instead of dental records.

A GBI spokesperson says that's the case for 12-year-old Jackiah.

Jacqueline says that's not an excuse, however.

"It's inconsiderate, because they're telling me to wait on the DNA, but that's not so. I just want answers. If she's unidentifiable, then just let me know," says Jacqueline.

Late this afternoon, the funeral home called Jacqueline saying the GBI is now ready to release the body.

"I'm just ready to lay her to rest," says Jacqueline.

You can help Jacqueline's family pay for the cost of Jackiah's funeral by donating to their GoFundMe campaign here.

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