KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations has identified the Knoxville woman whose body was found behind a gas station in Crab Orchard earlier this week and arrested a North Carolina man for her murder, the agency announced Friday afternoon.
Summer Nicole Nelms' body was found naked behind a BP station. On Friday morning, a Cumberland Co. Grand Jury handed down a first degree murder indictment against a North Carolina trucker for her death.
Alan Stacy Rogers, 32, of Pines, N.C., has been arrested and is being held in a North Carolina jail without bond, the TBI said. He is awaiting extradition. A search warrant has been issued on his truck.
According to the TBI, he picked up Nelms somewhere around Knoxville, killed her, then dumped her body. A preliminary report from the medical examiner indicated Nelms died of multiple blunt force trauma and multiple stab wounds prior to being run over by a large truck, according to Cumberland Co. Sheriff Butch Burgess.
Early Friday evening, Nelms' family released a statement regarding her death:
"We are deeply mourning the loss of Summer, and it has brought some measure of relief to the family knowing that her alleged attacker is in custody. Summer was a very kind person and never quick to judge anyone. She was a very nurturing person and we will miss her. Summer was a beloved daughter, sister, and mother. Her tragic murder comes as a great irony, given that just days ago, she saved a man's live by administering CPR. He had collapsed and stopped breathing. Summer saw him fall and then rushed to his aide. She was a good person and did not deserve what happened to her. No one deserves that.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation for the professionalism and swift action of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation."
The Nelms Family
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