Neighbors say Sevier Co. homicide crime scene 'bloody'

By: Nick Bona and Jenna McWilliams Email
By: Nick Bona and Jenna McWilliams Email

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) Local and state authorities are investigating the death of 50-year-old Jacquelyn Basner. Basner was found dead in her driveway and covered in blood.

"We heard sirens and ambulances. I thought it was maybe a wreck," said Betty Bledsoe.

Bledsoe was renting the cabin across the street and after she heard the commotion she watched from the woods as police went to work.

"There was a woman laying in the yard with a pair of jeans on and a pink shirt her hands were all bloody. She was just laying there dead and it was really sad to see that," said Bledsoe.

Neighbors say Basner had not lived in the home on Bluff Mountain Road long. She kept to herself and worked a lot in the yard. Crystal Bledsoe spoke to Basner earlier in the week.

"She was real friendly. You know, I talked to her about her dogs and her truck. I kinda joked with her about being a mechanic," said Crystal Bledsoe.

So far no arrests have been made and police are not releasing a motive for the crime.

"It's almost unbelievable. That the person was alive and now she's dead and you think that's happening right underneath your nose and you don't even realize it. "

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms agents are helping investigate an apparent murder in the Waldens Creek Community.

Jacquelyn Basner, 50 was found dead in the driveway of her home in the 1700 block of Bluff Mountain Rd. around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Neighbors tell WVLT Volunteer TV News that they heard screaming coming from the home shortly before police arrived on the scene. They believed the screams were coming from whoever discovered Basner’s body.

One neighbor told us it appeared she had been stabbed or severely cut and was found on the ground in a large pool of blood.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Saturday night that detectives had been on the Bluff Mountain Road scene most of the day.

Volunteer TV News Reporter Jenna McWilliams spent Sunday morning talking with Basner’s neighbors. She’ll have much more on the case coming up on Volunteer TV News at 6:30 and 11:00.

Stay with Volunteer TV News and for the latest on this developing story.


SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) – Sevier County deputies are investigating a possible homicide in the Waldens Creek Community.

Reports from the scene indicate the victim was found dead at her home on Bluff Mountain Road.

The sheriff’s office confirms to WVLT Volunteer TV News that detectives were on the scene of a Bluff Mountain Road home most of the day.

Stay with Volunteer TV News and for the latest on this developing story.

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