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Jane Carman, Wife of Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct Commander, Found Dead at Her Home

| June 27, 2014

Wesley Lane in palm Coast, along where the Carman home is located, (© FlaglerLive)

Wesley Lane in palm Coast, along where the Carman home is located. (© FlaglerLive)

Jane Carman, the 56-year-old wife of Mark Carman, commander of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Palm Coast precinct, was found dead on a bedroom floor at her home Sunday morning (June 22). The cause of death was attributed to aspiration, or choking, according to a Flagler County Sheriff’s report.

Jane Carman had been going through many years of difficulties with her health, including struggles with addiction, and the Carmans had been leading mostly separate lives–with Jane living in Chicago for a period until January before returning to her Wesley Lane home in Palm Coast to take care of health issues, at which point Mark lived mostly with his father.

On Sunday, Mark told sheriff’s deputies–who responded to the scene, and assigned a detective to the case–that he arrived at the residence, as he does every Sunday, to deliver a bagel to Jane. “Mark advised he entered the residence through the garage door and placed the bagel and newspaper on the kitchen counter top,” the incident report states. “Mark attempted to locate Jane and continued into her bedroom/bathroom. Mark advised he did not locate her in the bedroom; he then walked out to the lanai in an attempt to find her. Mark stated that even though he walked through the garage he thought maybe Jane went out with a friend and checked the garage to make sure her car was there. Mark stated the car was in the garage and then continued to his bedroom located on the 2 side of the residence. Mark advised when he passed the spare bedroom he located Jane face down in a room she would not normally frequent. Mark immediately went to Jane’s aid, to find her cold to the touch; he then backed out of the room” and called 911.


Deputies and paramedics were dispatched to the house at 10:10 a.m.

Flagler County Fire Rescue Paramedic Karen Prather pronounced Jane deceased at 10:12 a.m. “It should be noted that rescue personnel made no attempts to resuscitate the female,” the report, written by deputy James Miley, states. “After Karen Prather advised the female was deceased rescue personnel exited the bedroom and began to console the visibly upset husband, Mark Carman. Cpl. Allen and I entered the room and began to scan the deceased for any signs of injury or struggle within the room which was met with negative results.” Miley noted that Carman had been wearing a “multi-colored dress which appeared to be new, due to a sales tag still attached.”

A crime-scene log was initiated, as is routine in all such circumstances, and the scene was documented with photographs. Detective Diego Morales was assigned to the case. The medical examiner declined to respond to the scene. Instead, Dr. Robert Fruehan was contacted. “He asked Cpl. [Eric] Allen to determine if the female aspirated,” the report states. “Cpl. Allen and I re-entered the room and checked the body, discovering the female did in fact aspirate from her
nose and mouth. Cpl. Allen advised the doctor of our findings and he advised he would sign her death certificate.”

Four years ago, Jane Carman faced misdemeanor charges of disorderly intoxication and firing a gun under the influence of alcohol after she fired several shots inside the house. She completed a deferred prosecution agreement and the case was closed.

Mark Carman was not on duty today and could not be reached. A funeral service was held for Carman at Clymer funeral home Thursday evening at 5 p.m. “Mark,” Undersheriff Rick Staly wrote in a note emailed to officials and others around town, “conveyed his appreciation to all that have called him and visited him and thanks you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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9 Responses for “Jane Carman, Wife of Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct Commander, Found Dead at Her Home”

  1. Kathy says:

    This is horrible…I almost don’t want to ask the question lingering in my mind…but…”The medical examiner declined to respond to the scene.” So, quick question…isn’t that this position’s main function?

  2. A.S.F. says:

    My condolences to the family. May everyone involved find peace.

  3. tulip says:

    What a terrible thing to have happen. I met her several years ago and now and again we corresponded, but haven’t been in touch for about 5 years or so and I know she had health issues back then. My sincerest sympathy goes out to Mark, and may Jane rest in peace finally free of pain.

  4. Peggy Mrus says:

    We grieve for the loss of our friend. May god cover the family and friends with love and support during this difficult.

  5. Geezer says:

    Goodbye Jane Carman.
    May those who miss you find comfort during this difficult time–
    and may you rest in peace.

    ‘The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.’
    –Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  6. Carol/Joe Minotti says:

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mark, & family at this sad time in their lives. May they find comfort in knowing she has gone home. May she rest in peace.

  7. Mellissa C says:

    Such sad news, although I never met Mrs.Carman, I know what a wonderful person her husband is and was always so polite to me. So heartbreaking to see good people go through tragedy. May you rest in peace Mrs.Jane

  8. Anonymous says:

    She was very kind to me during an extremely difficult time, many years ago. My condolences and prayers go out to Mark and the rest of her family.

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