published Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Woman’s body found burned in Franklin County

State and local authorities in Franklin County are investigating the discovery this morning of a woman’s burned body found surrounded by flaming grass on a rural roadside northwest of Winchester, Tenn., according to officials.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris Guess said in a release that deputies answered a call about 1:18 a.m. CDT today from a motorist who had spotted what was thought to be a grass fire. But when the driver turned around to check it out, a partially burned corpse was found.

The body was found in the Awalt Bridge area northwest of Winchester, he said.

Guess said the body is believed to be a that of a white woman between 18 and 25 years of age with dark hair and a tattoo of a large star with smaller stars on the back of her neck and another star tattoo on the top of her right foot.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting Franklin County officers, he said.

Authorities asked that anyone with any information about the incident or the body call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 931-967-2331 or the TBI at 1-800-824-3463 (1-800-TBI-FIND).

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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