INVERNESS, Fla. -
There's a new twist in the case of a former confidential informant murdered in Citrus County last year.
The I-Team has learned that the gun investigators believe was used to kill a Citrus County woman once belonged to a deputy with the county sheriff's office.
We received previously unreleased video of the Citrus County dive team recovering a handgun used in a high profile murder.
The video shows divers, who were acting on a tip, plunging into the chilly water just off the Howard Frankland Bridge last November.
On the sandy bottom of Tampa Bay, they recovered a rusty barnacle-covered 40 caliber Glock handgun that once belonged to their own department.
Investigators say the gun was used last July, four months before it was recovered, to murder 27-year-old Jamie Seeger as she sat in her vehicle on a rural Crystal River Road, 70 miles from where the gun eventually came to rest.
Court discovery material obtained by the I-Team shows pictures of the gun and documents which trace it back to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, which investigated Seeger's death and previously worked with Seeger, using her as a confidential informant.
Seeger's family is now in the process of suing the sheriff's officer in state and federal courts, saying her role as an informant led to her death.
"The suspects that are now in custody for the murder of Jamie Seeger are, in fact, the same ones disclosed to us," Bill Grant, who represents Seeger's family, told ABC Action News late last year.
Those suspects, Curtis Wilson, Lawrence Vickers and Marrio Williams, were among dozens of suspects named in 18 drug cases Seeger worked in the months before her murder.
Seeger's mother, Wendy Moore, claims her daughter was repeatedly threatened during that time.
"They basically told her they were going to kill her," Moore said.
Moore did not know until we told her that the gun used to kill Jamie once belonged to cops.
Documents indicate that the Glock was bought by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office in 2009, was assigned to two different deputies, then was purchased by a third deputy as part of a police "buy back" program.
The last deputy transferred the gun to his father-in-law, who reported it stolen from his truck last May while it was parked in his driveway.
His vehicle was one of five reportedly burglarized in his neighborhood that day.
The Sheriff's office still has not made any arrests in connection with those burglaries.
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