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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  • by realitycheck Location: sevier on Nov 21, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    I know that they have recently had alot of drug arrests within a 1 mile of where this happened. What I am saying is FACT, not RUMOR. I watched a K-9 search a vehicle and two people were arrested at a gas station just down from this house.
  • by Jodi Location: Smokey Mnts on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    If the family just read a headline "Neighbors say crime scene "bloody", I don't think knowing that people were concerned for their own safety will be an issue to them. This is a horrible crime. Our hearts go out to the family. No one means any disrespect anonomous.
  • by anonomous Location: sevierville on Nov 17, 2010 at 02:41 PM
    I have knowledge of all of this....I am part of the family of Jacquelyn. And personally, have some respect for the family and friends that are reading this stuff. It is not what you would want to see as a comment if something like this tragedy happened to someone in your family? now is it. If you had a problem with them not warning you, maybe you should call and complain to the sherrif's dept!
  • by janice Location: vistor on Nov 16, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    Thank you vistor for you comment. I was not just thinking of my family I had no idea that a murder had happened because no one said anything. That is why I said someone should had said please be careful. It is rude of annonomous to asume things you have no knowledge of!
  • by Anonomous Location: Visiting in location of on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    We too were visiting and renting a cabin nearby. We feel for the family and the shock and grief this has caused them. As for Janice's post, I totally understand her concern regarding safety for her and her family. When we drove by the body was uncovered. Nothing was said to us and no warnings that we might be in danger. We thought the victim had a heart attack or something along those lines. Had we known the actuals of what had happened we would have been more on guard. When you have a violent act such as this occur, people should be warned! We have a tendancy to leave doors unlocked and go to our vehicles without regard to being in danger. It certainly makes you think twice. Our thoughts are with this family and we hope the person who did this is caught swiftly and brought to justice.
  • by anonomous Location: sevierville on Nov 16, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    You know, I dont think you should be so concerned about yourself!!!! What about what the family is going through? Think about that. And I think it is very rude for you to post something like that worried about YOURSELF!!!!!
  • by Janice Location: vistor on Nov 15, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    I was in a cabin in the mt. about 1/4 mile from the house. I came by the scene and no one stopped us to say there had been any danger in the area. It would have been nice if someone like lets say, the police to have told us to be aware of someone in the area. My husband went for a walk shorty after we pass the police, which he would not have if they had said something to us. They could have warned us. Also later that night two of us ladies were on the porch in a hot tub. If we had known that someone had been murdered we would not have been in the hot tub. We would also have called the police when we heard someone or something outside that made our lights come on during the night.


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