Solving the murder of a local woman whose partially burned body was found near a quarry in neighboring Coffee County nearly two weeks ago is proving to be a difficult task for authorities.
“I wish we had something to go on but there’s nothing new that I know of,” said Coffee County Sheriff’s Investigator Bill Marcom who is one of those investigation the murder of Connie Sue Brown, 51.
The woman’s body was found March 9 near abandoned quarries in the Summitville area of Coffee County just a few miles from the Warren County line. The discovery of her partially burned body was made in an area that is frequented by ATV enthusiasts as well as hikers.
Brown was positively identified as the victim after lawmen learned she had gone missing. While a resident of Warren County, she had no permanent address, living at several locations over the years. According to Sheriff Jackie Matheny, his department received a call stating Brown had been missing for 10 days. It was that missing person report which helped Coffee County authorities determine it was her body found in Summitville.
The autopsy revealed she died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, meaning she was burned post-mortem. Authorities believe her body was dumped in the somewhat remote location after she was killed elsewhere.
According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Kristin Helm, whose department is also on the case, their assumption comes “due to evidence found and not found at the scene”. Authorities also point out the victim was not dressed for outdoor activity.
Sheriff Matheny said he is assisting Coffee County and the TBI in the case, noting they have jurisdiction since the body was found in Coffee County. Presently, Matheny said it is not known where Brown was killed.