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Reward increased for suspect in Franklin Co. homicide

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WINCHESTER, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Authorities hope offering more money will help find a suspect in a brutal Franklin County murder.

David Jenkins is wanted in connection with the beating death of Corey Matthews.

Matthews, 26, was found March 24 in a field in Cowan after his family reported him missing.

Authorities believe Matthews was targeted due to his affiliation with a white supremacist group.

Three other men have already been arrested, but Jenkins is still at large.

The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday added to the reward to find Jenkins, now bringing it to $5,000.

Authorities say Jenkins has a long criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you know where he is, call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Three suspects now in custody

Franklin County authorities said Tuesday they have arrested the third of four suspects wanted in connection with the death of man found in a Middle Tennessee field.

The body of Corey N. Matthews, 26, of Cowan, TN, was found on March 24 after his family reported him missing.

Coty Keith Holmes of Hillsboro, TN, was taken into custody Monday by the United States Marshall's Fugitive Task Force in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Holmes was transported to the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office and will appear before a Superior Court judge to determine extradition to the State of Tennessee.

Earlier this month, Todd Eugene Dalton, 39, of Manchester, TN, and John Cory Lanier, 26, both of Manchester, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder and criminal homicide.

David Gordon Jenkins, 46, of Manchester, remains at large and is considered armed and "very" dangerous.

Investigators said the four were members of a white supremacist group, and at least one of the suspects is also a member of another white supremacist organization called Aryan Brotherhood.

Authorities believe Matthews was targeted due to his affiliation with a white supremacist group.

"He was a member, and I can't speak to the details of what happened, but needless to say he was a member. Unfortunately, at the hands of other members, they killed him," said Sheriff Tim Fuller.

A preliminary autopsy report indicated Matthews was beaten to death. Fuller said no potential crime scene - other than the cornfield where Matthews' body was found - is being investigated.

A Cowan police officer found Matthews' body just outside the city March 24 after his family reported him missing.

The victim's widow, Amanda Matthews, said she grew concerned when her husband hadn't returned home, so she called sheriff's deputies to search for him.

"His body was down there in the corn field next to the cemetery," she said.

The couple has a 3-year-old daughter together.

"It's such a little town, it's really a shock that anybody would want to do this and take such a good man away from the people who love him," Amanda Matthews said.

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