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Burned murder victim identified
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The TBI has positively identified the female murder victim who was found shot and burned and left by the old rock quarry just over the Warren County line in Summitville.
The victim has been identified as Connie Lou Brown, 51, of McMinnville.
According to the TBI, Brown’s body was found Saturday by two men on four-wheelers. The body was found at the 400 block of Summitville Road, which is off Manchester Highway, at the quarry.
According to Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny, his department worked late Monday night to assist TBI investigators.
“We did assist them Monday night and we will continue to assist them in any way we can,” said Matheny on Tuesday morning. “We’re tracking down leads and interviewing people even as we speak.”
With Brown being from McMinnville, and speculation being her body might have been dumped in the remote area, Matheny said it’s way too early to suggest she might have been murdered in Warren County.
“Everything is speculation right now as to where, what and who,” said Matheny.
After Brown’s body was found at approximately 12:35 p.m. Saturday, an autopsy was conducted Sunday in hopes of identifying her. The autopsy determined Brown was killed by a gunshot to the chest.
In searching for the victim’s identity, the TBI said Coffee County deputies had, “discovered a white female who had been badly burned and believed to have been murdered and her body dumped. The victim is described as being approximately 4-foot-8 to 5-foot-2 and weighing between 100 to 120 pounds with brown eyes and blonde/ auburn colored hair. She was wearing a black shirt with orange writing and pink bra. The female had no teeth in her bottom jaw, but wore a set of dentures as her top teeth. It is also possible she has a pierced left eyebrow.”
According to TBI spokesperson Kristin Helm, the medical examiner was not able to determine how long Brown’s body had been at the quarry, “but TBI agents believe she had been there for only a couple of days.”