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Daughter pleads for help in case of shot, burned body

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MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

The daughter of a woman whose burned body was found earlier this month at an old Coffee County rock quarry asks anyone with information in the case to come forward.

Connie Lou Brown, 51, was found dead 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 said the agency believes the woman was killed at a different location and her body was later dumped near the Summitville Cave.

"She was a kind, caring person. Everybody loved her as soon as they met her. She would give you her last dollar if she had it," said daughter Candace Smith.

Smith, who lives in northern Indiana, is a new mom now experiencing a tremendous loss. She last spoke to her mother in February, and said Brown had not met her new grandchild before she was killed.

Smith traveled to Coffee County after her mother's death to work with authorities in their investigation.

Deputy Chad Partin and the TBI are working to solve the case, and Partin said Brown was an independent person who didn't have a car of her own.

"She had plenty of friends throughout the area who would give her a ride, but if she couldn't get one she would put on her shoes and take off walking," Partin said.

Brown was last seen Friday, March 1 in McMinnville, and investigators suspect foul play in her death.

If you know anything about Connie Brown's death, call the Coffee County Sheriff's Office at 931-728-3591 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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