published Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

TBI identifies burned Coffee County, Tenn., homicide victim


Anyone with information related to the March 9 discovery of Connie Brown's body near a cave off Firetower Road in Coffee County, Tenn., should call the Sheriff's Office at 931-728-3591 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 800-TBI-FIND or 800-824-3463.

A woman found dead and charred in Coffee County, Tenn., over the weekend is from McMinnville, officials said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the homicide victim through fingerprints Monday night as 51-year-old Connie Lou Brown. She does not have a fixed address, according to the TBI. The department did not have any more updates Tuesday, and no arrests have been made.

A family exploring a rock quarry between Manchester and McMinville found Brown's body Saturday afternoon, and on Monday medical officials in Nashville said she had been killed by a single gunshot to the chest. Coffee County Sheriff's Office Capt. Frank Watkins would not say whether investigators found any weapons or other telling items at the scene.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said agents believe Brown died Friday in a separate place, and that someone burned her body before dumping it at the quarry.

The area — the "Summitville caves" — is usually a hot spot for people looking to hike or ride all-terrain vehicles. The so-called caves are really just deep cuts in the rocks left behind by quarry operators.

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