More Questions Than Answers in Sevier Co. Murder

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Sevierville (WVLT) A Sevier County murder on Thursday is leaving authorities with more questions than answers.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has more.

Sheriff's officials say they're awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death of a Jones Cove woman found dead in her home.

Neighbors say they believe it was gunshots, but that's no consolation to a grieving son.

"I just know I'm going to be without my mom now."

For Connie Hurst, this is one of the toughest days of his life, learning his mother had been murdered at her Mathis Branch Road home.

Sheriff's officials say they responded to 60 year old Judy Ray Price's home around 1 pm where they found she had been killed.

One neighbor says she asked Price's grandson what had happened.

Teresa Ownby says, "he said somebody had killed his mamaw. And I said, What do you mean? He said that she had been shot."

Sevier County Sheriff's officials are not confirming the cause of death pending an autopsy.

But for Hurst, it has brought both pain.

"Now because whoever done this, I don't get to say I love her or nothing."

As well as sorrow.

Hurst says, "she was a good woman. She was good to everybody and she is going to be dearly missed."

Neighbors find what has happened in their very rural neighborhood very unusual.

"Well, what do you think? I mean, nothing like that, that I know of, has ever happened around here."

The incident has Teresa Ownby concerned.

"I keep my doors locked, let's put it that way. Even during the day, even when I'm at home, my doors are locked."

For Connie Hurst, coming to the home a day later helps him grieve.

"What brought you up right now? I just want to be alone."

It's been especially tough for Hurst who lost his father last year.

Danny Price operated the veteran's office in the courthouse.

At this time, Sheriff's Officials say no arrests have been made.

They expected autopsy results to be finished late this afternoon and expect to release more information possibly as soon as it becomes available.

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