NC man indicted for murder of Knoxville woman found earlier this week

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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  • by truth4ALLEN Location: everywhere on Nov 24, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    If u think I got the name wrong...you sure know what ur talking about...get ur facts right b/f u share ur opinion.
  • by Lilian Location: Crossville on Oct 23, 2011 at 11:33 PM
    Picked her up. Blunt force trauma. Stabbing. Dumped her naked body. Ran over her head with a truck. Sounds like quite the family man. Are you suggesting that this woman deserved what she got because of her history? No matter how she lived her life, she did not deserve this. He showed complete disregard of a human being who was loved by her family. He does sound like an angel worthy of your defense. Good friend, you haven't even spelled his name correctly.
  • by Truth4Allen Location: Northern VA on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    Allen was a great friend who I've know for years. What the media posts and the authorities assume happened is not always what actually happened. There are more details involved that will come out. This is a man who is great with his kids, loving to his wife, and drove truck to provide for his family. It is unfortunate that this happened. We know about Allen, but what's the victims history?
    • reply
      by truth hurts on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:26 PM in reply to Truth4Allen
      Yeah well, psychopaths are usually good at fooling everyone around them. As far as the "more details involved", please, do tell. I'm sure the authorities would like to know.
  • by Tracy Location: crossville tennessee on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    I also feel he should get the death penalty besides beating her in the head , he stabbed her multiple times then dragged her naked body out of his truck and ran her over...THATS THE FACTS!! He is nothing but an animal and he needs to be treated like one!!
  • by Millisa Location: Crossville TN on Oct 7, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    That man should get the Death Penalty. Prayers for the victim's family.
    • reply
      by Stephen on Oct 11, 2011 at 09:57 PM in reply to Millisa
      The press should report all facts of the story.

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