TBI wants help identifying woman's body found in Crab Orchard

CRAB ORCHARD, Tenn. (AP) -- Who killed a mother of three and dumped her body outside a Cumberland County gas station?

That's what investigators are trying to find out.

Two men found her body yesterday afternoon in Crab Orchard.

We caught up with one of them who told us he had no idea he was looking at a dead body, until he walked up to it.

A pool of blood on the ground marks where Chad Brady stumbled upon the body.

Chad Brady recalls, "It looked like a deer. I said there's a big ole deer. He said that's no deer it's a woman."

A woman, lying naked, wearing nothing but a pair of socks.

A trail of blood makes Brady think she was killed and then moved.

Brady says, "She was drugged what it look like 40 foot and then laid cross ways.

She was laid real straight like you put her in the casket."

Brady found her behind this busy BP station.

The lead investigator for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department says, "There's a lot of traffic that goes in and out of the area in the day and at night."

Investigator Casey Cox thinks someone murdered her.

He doesn't know who she is or who would kill her.

He's hoping you recognize this butterfly tattoo on her right calf with three names and the years 2000, 2001 and 2005.

Cox says, "We believe that possibly that these butterflies possibly are the victim's children's names."

Crab Orchard was a quiet quaint town, until now.

Brady said, "I just couldn't hardly believe it cause i never seen anything like that out here."

Cox couldn't believe it either, "Things like this just not common in Cumberland County."

Now police hope you can help identify the woman and help bring her killer to justice.

Authorities believe the woman may be from the Knoxville area. An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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