No new leads in Coffee Co. quarry homicide - WSMV News 4


No new leads in Coffee Co. quarry homicide

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Coffee County Sheriff's Office continue working a homicide case in which a woman's burned body was found in an old rock quarry.

Sheriff's Investigator Bill Marcom told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Monday no new evidence had surfaced in the death of 51-year-old Connie Lou Brown.

A family exploring discovered Brown's body March 9 at the quarry, known locally as the Summitville Caves.

A preliminary autopsy showed Brown died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm had said the agency believes she was killed at a different location and her body was later dumped near the Summitville Cave.

The TBI used fingerprints to determine the woman's identity, and they are also seeking information from the public.

Brown's body was found near an old rock quarry by men who were on four wheelers, but it appears they may not be the only ones to have first spotted her body.

Amber Hickman and her boyfriend Jerry Allen took Hickman's children to the area to check out the views and see the caves.

Hickman said her daughters suddenly stumbled onto something she never wanted them to see.

"They were already coming up the little trail saying, 'Mama, mama, there's a dead body,'" Hickman said.

Hickman said at first, she thought her children had played some sort of joke.

"Then I'd seen a fly toward her ribs and that's when I realized it was a real body and just got the chills," Hickman said. "The fact that they could still be there and my kids in there, I got out of there."

"It's just the scariest thing I'd seen," Allen said. "She was burnt from here down. There was black on her skin."

Allen said her body was partially burned. He said they called 911 and stuck around to help guide officers to the woman. He added they mentioned she had not been there long.

"I said I've never walked up on something like this, I'm just shaking talking about it," Allen said.

Investigators said they do suspect foul play, which didn't surprise Hickman.

"She was sat down, like somebody carried her," Hickman explained. "Her knees were still up together, like they just laid her there. Her head was laid back on a rock and all I could see was her hair."

Hickman and Allen said it was a disturbing sight that has forever changed how they look at the scenic area.

Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation).All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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