published Friday, February 4th, 2011

TBI: Sequatchie body identified

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm says the body found Thursday in the Sequatchie River south of Dunlap has been identified as 55-year-old Clifford Carden Jr.

In an e-mail, Helm said she didn’t have information on Carden’s residence. She said his burned car also was found Thursday, but she couldn’t say where.

The medical examiner is working to determine a cause of death while investigators continue to seek a suspect, Helm said in the e-mail.

Sequatchie County Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock said more information will be released at a news conference later today in Dunlap.

Hitchcock said investigators have approached the incident as a homicide from the beginning when officers arriving on the scene found blood on the riverbank.

The body was found a little after 10 a.m. CST Thursday by a man who was collecting aluminum cans along East Valley Road, he said.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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