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Monday, September 26, 2011
Oxford Eagle

Ole Miss Professor Found Dead
Foul Play Suspected

by Kelly Shackleford, Staff Reporter

The body of Oxonian Kimberly Pace, 35, was found in the basement of her home on September 25, 2011. The victim's sister Rebecca Pace, also of Oxford, was one of a small group of friends who discovered the body Sunday morning. The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department has not released any details on the cause of death but Public Information Officer Elizabeth Jones said the case is being treated as a homicide. Sources close to the investigation say the victim apparently suffered some sort of head and neck trauma, but Jones declined to confirm or deny this information.

Kimberly Pace was an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi. She had been on the faculty since 2009. Last week, Dr. Pace was involved in a controversy on campus regarding accusations that students can buy grades. After a letter to the editor of The Daily Mississippian accusing unidentified professors of selling grades, Dr. Pace wrote to the editor in response. She said in part, "The faculty, past and present, has always been devoted to the highest standards of learning... To engage in the activity Mr. Bender alleges would not only go against every ethical and academic principle we hold dear, but would deprive the students of the very knowledge we seek to share."

Rebecca Pace did not respond to requests for an interview. At press time, no funeral arrangements had been announced.

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Was Kimberly involved in in selling grades or did she upset someone because she would not become involved? Did Kimberly find and/or have information regarding the people involved in the controversy? Was Kimberly hanging out with the students to...

Was Kimberly involved in in selling grades or did she upset someone because she would not become involved? Did Kimberly find and/or have information regarding the people involved in the controversy? Was Kimberly hanging out with the students to get inside information on buying grades? Did this have anything to do with her death?

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  1.    Kim McDowall

That is a great theory!

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  1.    Erica Jones

Let us suppose this interesting hypothesis is true..

Kim posseses incriminating information, either because she herself is involved with selling grades or has persued those who are involved lately. Why kill her? Kim has to be silenced, because...

Let us suppose this interesting hypothesis is true..

Kim posseses incriminating information, either because she herself is involved with selling grades or has persued those who are involved lately. Why kill her? Kim has to be silenced, because she cannot take the pressure anymore or has threatened to go public with her evidence. Would the killer(s) really leave her laptop, her I pod phone, any documents, etc. lying around in her home, where such information could be stored easily? Would the killer really take such a chance? Hmmm

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  1.    TDA

They wouldnt if they were trying to get evidence it would have been simple she was so organized and had that job for quite some time. Now taking the organization into account, what they found the only thing to me that is wierd is the money in...

They wouldnt if they were trying to get evidence it would have been simple she was so organized and had that job for quite some time. Now taking the organization into account, what they found the only thing to me that is wierd is the money in the bathroom. It tells me that, something isnt right with her organized life, why not have it in the bank, why keep it under teh bathroom counter, who would look in that box, especially if people knew she was pregnant or expected she was. I think anyway, I think what we need to know is if her sister knew about the pregnancy test, and pay attention to that.

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