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Woman found dead at Coffee Co. cave

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Officials with the Tennesse Bureau of Investigation said an autopsy is underway Sunday to determine how the cause of death of a woman found murdered near a cave.

Investigators said the woman, who has not yet been positively identified, was found Saturday, her body partially burned.

For nearly a decade Gloria Cox has lived in her Summitville home. She says typically, her neighborhood is pretty quiet.

"You really don't see much going on, just traffic," Cox said.

But Saturday traffic picked up, as Coffee County deputies and state investigators pulled up the wooded area just across the street from her home. They put crime tape up and started to look for answers to questions about how a woman ended up dead at a cave.

"It's just upsetting because I live right here, and I'm thinking surely, somebody didn't get killed and me right here in my house," Cox said.  

A TBI spokesperson said two guys on four wheelers discovered the woman Saturday.

The area where the victim was found is an old rock quarry, which locals call the caves. A neighbor said  they're a place many are known to explore by day and gather at night.

"Normally, they'll go up there and have a fire," Noah Fults said. "But last night they just kept going back and forth."

Fults lives near one of the access roads many take to the caves. But Saturday night a Coffee County Sheriff's deputy blocked that road. Beyond the car, flood lights aided investigators as they continued to searched for clues that could lead to the woman's killer.

"I just didn't think someone would do something like that up there," Fults said.  

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