Pair identified in apparent murder-suicide in South Pittsburg

Staff File Photo by Ben Benton / South Pittsburg Police Department patrol car is seen as photographed in August 2016.

Authorities have released the names of the two people found dead early Tuesday in what is being described as a murder-suicide in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, where police also found a toddler and infant unharmed.

Austin Seabolt, 23, is believed to have shot Jennah Curtis, 20, dead at a home in the 400 block of Dixie Avenue, according to South Pittsburg Police Chief Wayne Jordan.

"They're from the Tennessee-Alabama area," Jordan said Thursday by phone. "They'd moved up to Michigan, and then they moved back."

Jordan said he's awaiting test results from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Nashville, where autopsies are being performed on Seabolt and Curtis. The investigation is ongoing, and Jordan said he hopes the forensic analysis offers answers.

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Meanwhile, the two children are being cared for by a relative and are in good physical condition, Jordan said. He said he's concerned about the tragedy's impact on the young children when they become old enough to ask questions.

Authorities launched the investigation after the bodies of Seabolt and Curtis were found by a family member who called 911 around 6 a.m. CST Tuesday, according to Jordan and Marion County dispatchers.

The TBI is assisting in the investigation, agency spokeswoman Susan Niland said via email.

The crime scene on Dixie Avenue is in South Pittsburg's Richard City community on the south end of town, less than a mile from the Alabama state line.

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The family member who found the bodies has been cooperative with investigators, authorities said.

Jordan believes the pair had been arguing through the night before the deadly shots were fired, he said. The weapon used was a pistol.

Contact Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.