School mourns principal after family found dead in fire - WSMV News 4

School mourns principal after family found dead in fire

Posted: Updated:
WAVERLY, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee community is trying to come to terms with the sudden death of a school principal, and what is even more difficult is that officials believe she was the victim of a crime.

The medical examiner confirms Elaine Hewitt and her husband, Carl were shot before a fire at their house Jan. 16 in Humphreys County.

Police found three bodies in the home, and they are still waiting to confirm if the couple's son was among the dead.

Investigators also found a gun in the debris and believe it was the murder weapon. They said they are not looking for any suspects.

Sheriff Chris Davis said first responders received a call at about 5:30 a.m. regarding a fire at the intersection of White Oak Creek and Steed roads.

Minutes later, they got a call about another fire at a smaller home about a half mile away.

Both properties were owned by the Hewitts, and investigators believe the fires were started on purpose.

Investigators returned to the scene the next day, sifting through the remains of the fire where the three bodies were found inside.

"At this time, I do not believe we're looking for another party. We have other information we're tracking down. We're treating this with an open mind until we can draw our final conclusion," Davis said.

Elaine Hewitt was a principal at Erin Elementary School in Houston County. Flags at the school were lowered to half-staff in her memory.

Parent Mandy Harrison said her two children were heartbroken their principal hasn't returned, and she said it was difficult telling the children about the tragedy.

"It's just hard. I told them things happen we have no control over, and she's in a better place now. That's all you can really tell them," Harrison said.

Cathy Harvey, director of Houston County Schools, released a statement, saying:

"Our thoughts are with the families and the community that has been affected. We are in touch with local law enforcement and will continue to ensure the safety of our students."

Across from the school at Papa's Old Fashioned BBQ, "Miss Elaine" - as she was called - was known was a regular and an awfully kind person.

"It was very convenient. She'd stop here at night before going home and get their supper," said Manager Darlene Rose.

There were only a few people in the restaurant Thursday afternoon as Rose cleaned tables. A favorite customer won't be returning as a community mourns a terrible loss.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
  • Recent HeadlinesMore>>

  • Murfreesboro groups spread messages of love ahead of planned white supremacy rally

    Murfreesboro groups spread messages of love ahead of planned white supremacy rally

    Sunday, October 22 2017 2:42 PM EDT2017-10-22 18:42:57 GMT

    One week from today, League of the South -- a white supremacy group -- plans a White Lives Matter rally in downtown Murfreesboro. Several counter protests are in the works. Local faith based groups and community organizers say they want to promote a positive message of love and inclusion. 

    More >>

    One week from today, League of the South -- a white supremacy group -- plans a White Lives Matter rally in downtown Murfreesboro. Several counter protests are in the works. Local faith based groups and community organizers say they want to promote a positive message of love and inclusion. 

    More >>
  • Jason Aldean releases 'I Won't Back Down' for charity

    Jason Aldean releases 'I Won't Back Down' for charity

    Sunday, October 22 2017 9:14 AM EDT2017-10-22 13:14:31 GMT
    Jason Aldean has released his cover of 'I Won't Back Down' to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting.More >>
    Jason Aldean has released his cover of 'I Won't Back Down' to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting.More >>
  • Rep. Jim Cooper talks legislation to help DEA fight against opioids

    Rep. Jim Cooper talks legislation to help DEA fight against opioids

    Saturday, October 21 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-10-22 02:50:24 GMT

    Tennessee lawmaker speaks about his crusade to give law enforcement the power it needs in its fight against drugs. Congressman Jim Cooper is trying to right the wrong of legislation. The DEA claims prevents them from freezing, and red flagging large shipments of opioids.

    More >>

    Tennessee lawmaker speaks about his crusade to give law enforcement the power it needs in its fight against drugs. Congressman Jim Cooper is trying to right the wrong of legislation. The DEA claims prevents them from freezing, and red flagging large shipments of opioids.

    More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Son shoots, kills mom’s friend for flirting with imaginary girlfriend

    Police: Son shoots, kills mom’s friend for flirting with imaginary girlfriend

    Thursday, October 19 2017 12:49 PM EDT2017-10-19 16:49:32 GMT
    (Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office)(Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office)

    New body cam footage has been released which shows the moments after a Florida man shot and killed his mother’s friend for flirting with his imaginary girlfriend.

    More >>

    New body cam footage has been released which shows the moments after a Florida man shot and killed his mother’s friend for flirting with his imaginary girlfriend.

    More >>
  • Thong jeans are just the latest weird fashion trend

    Thong jeans are just the latest weird fashion trend

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:27 PM EDT2017-10-21 03:27:11 GMT
    A model display creation of "thibaut" by Japanese designer Meiko Ban during the 2018 Spring/Summer Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)A model display creation of "thibaut" by Japanese designer Meiko Ban during the 2018 Spring/Summer Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Thong jeans. (Theans? Jongs? Thonjeangs?) Whatever you decided to call them, they’re weird and the internet is going crazy.

    More >>

    Thong jeans. (Theans? Jongs? Thonjeangs?) Whatever you decided to call them, they’re weird and the internet is going crazy.

    More >>
  • Chicago freezer death was a 'sad' accident, police chief says

    Chicago freezer death was a 'sad' accident, police chief says

    Saturday, October 21 2017 8:12 AM EDT2017-10-21 12:12:40 GMT

    Authorities have closed the investigation into the death of a young Chicago woman whose body was found in a hotel's walk-in freezer, saying it was accidental and there was no reason to suspect foul play.

    More >>

    Authorities have closed the investigation into the death of a young Chicago woman whose body was found in a hotel's walk-in freezer, saying it was accidental and there was no reason to suspect foul play.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.