Arrest made in Love murder case

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By The Staff



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For the family of Jayne Love, the pieces of her final moments have started to fall into place.

Last Wednesday the two men officials believe bear responsibility for her death were arrested.

Russell Leon Pack, 37, and his brother Phillip M. Pack, 23, were arrested on a sealed indictment for second-degree murder in the case.

The indictment was handed down at the beginning of the month by the grand jury.

“I feel a lot better about it,” Love’s mother Shelby Terry said of her daughter’s disappearance.

Love disappeared in June prompting her family to file a missing person report. At that time, they said they had not heard from Love in nearly a month, that report said.

Terry told officials her daughter had missed a family function in that period. She went on to say her daughter had suffered from substance abuse problems, the offense report said. Terry later said she herself had had an argument with Phillip Pack at a gas station.

This was prompted by her knowledge he was the last person to be seen with her, she said. In fact, Love was seen with him by several members of the family, according to Terry.

When the remains of a woman were found on Eagle Bluff Mountain in September by hunters police began to unravel the mystery of Love’s disappearance.

In a 50-yard area authorities found human skeletal remains, the report from the discovery said. A forensic team was called to the scene where it confirmed the bones belonged to a white female, the offense report from the discovery said. After checking for reports on missing females, Det. Richard Foschino said in a report it became a possibility the remains belonged to Love. Dental records were used to confirm it was Love that had been found on the mountain, the report said.

Following testing and confirmation of Love’s identify the status of the case was upgraded to a homicide investigation, Det. Brandon Elkins said.

“We did too many interviews to count,” Elkins said of the ensuing investigation. As that investigation progressed, it led authorities to the Pack brothers. “We did a very thorough investigation,” Elkins said.

After the indictment was handed down, plans were made for the arrest.

The two were taken into custody last week at 278 Mountain Perkins Lane, the arrest report said.

“I am glad they got the guys. They are telling us there are more people involved,” Terry said. “They will be punished for what they have done to my daughter.”

During the interview Terry cried tears of relief and sadness for her daughter. “At least we got to bury her,” Terry said of a service held for Love on Dec. 6.

“I am satisfied with the arrest,” Eddie Terry, Love’s brother said.

The Packs are being held at the jail on a bond of $400,000 each. The brothers are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 12.

“I feel good about this. We wanted to tell the rest of her (Love) story and we have,” Elkins said.