UPDATE: Investigators search home of Ft. Mitchell homicide victim

Michelle Mockbee (Source: Facebook)
Michelle Mockbee (Source: Facebook)
Police are investigating a death at a Florence business
Police are investigating a death at a Florence business
Police are investigating a death at a Florence business
Police are investigating a death at a Florence business

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Investigators searched the home of 42-year-old Michelle Mockbee just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, more than 12 hours after her body was found at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Florence.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office says officers found the body around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday morning after a report of an assault on a female employee.

When officers arrived, they found Mockbee, of Ft. Mitchell, dead.

"We're not prepared to jump out there and speculate on what might be the motive or who might have done it but we're going to follow the evidence," says Boone County spokesperson Tom Scheben.

Scheben says Mockbee was a 16 year employee at Thermo Fisher and was working as a logistics support representative, similar to a human resources position.

Investigators say she left for work around 6 a.m. Tuesday from her Ft. Mitchell home on Virginia Ave.

Neighbors tell FOX19 Mockbee was very friendly, easy to talk to and always left for work before her husband. Neighbors say Mockbee lived with her husband, Dan, and their two daughters both under the age of 10. Both girls were out of school on summer break. The youngest daughter will begin second grade in the fall and the oldest will be going into the fifth grade.

Wednesday Beechwood Elementary Principal Jamee Flaherty released this statement:

"We are deeply saddened at the loss of a Beechwood parent.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time."

Flaherty says both parents were active at the school. She says Michelle was a member of the PTSA and a former "room parent".

Police have not named any suspects and are remaining tight-lipped on the entire investigation.

"It's too hard to say, it's too soon to say at this point on who might have done it and for what reason," says Scheben.

Thermo Fisher officials released the following statement:

"Earlier this morning, an alleged homicide occurred at the Florence, Kentucky, distribution facility of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the victim.  Our focus now is on cooperating with the law enforcement investigation, supporting our employees and assuring the safety of our facility."

According to its website, the company supplies a complete range of products, services and solutions for research, analysis, discovery and diagnostics, including analytical instruments, laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents.

While the company refused comment, family friends and neighbors say Dan Mockbee also worked at Thermo Fisher with his wife.

FOX19.com will update this story as more information becomes available.

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