Nashville woman found stabbed to death along interstate in Pennsylvania

State police said she had no known ties to the Erie area.
State police said she had no known ties to the Erie area.
Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 12:05 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2023 at 6:05 PM CST
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ERIE, Pa. (WSMV) - An investigation is underway in Pennsylvania after a Nashville woman was found dead along Interstate 90 in Erie County on Nov. 10, according to state police.

The victim, 48-year-old Michelle Tayse, was found stabbed to death after first responders put out a small brush fire on the side of the I-90 last week.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook confirmed to WSMV4 that Tayse’s death has been ruled a homicide. Cook added that officials have no idea why she would’ve been in the county, and there are many unanswered questions about her death.

“It’s gonna be kind of a head scratcher,” Cook said. ““An autopsy revealed multiple stab wounds to the chest and the body had been attempted to then set on fire but the fire didn’t have anything to do with the death.”

Pennsylvania State Police said she had no known ties to the Erie area, which is why they have now been in contact with Metro Nashville Police Department.

In a statement released to WSMV, a Metro Police spokesperson said, “Pennsylvania authorities have been in contact. We are assisting with any help they need.

As the investigation continues, Tayse is being remembered by loved ones as family-oriented person.

One of them wrote on GoFundMe, “Our mother was like no other. No matter (if) she a lot (or) a little, she would give someone the shirt off her back.”

Anyone with information about Tayse’s death is encouraged to contact State Police at 814-898-1641