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Murder-Suicide Investigated in Whiteville

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

WHITEVILLE, Tenn- The Hardeman County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a Whiteville couple. Austin Woods and Clarissa Simon-Woods were found dead in their home on Murphy Lane Road.

Sheriff John Doolen says they responded to an early morning call in Whiteville where the couple was found. According to Sadie Woods who lives nearby and is the mother of Austin Woods', said she found out about her son and daughter-in-law's deaths from the couple's 10-year old daughter.

"One of the granddaughters knocked on my door this morning and told my sister that mama and daddy were dead," said Woods.

Woods says she spoke to the couple the day before and did not see any signs of trouble.

"She seemed okay and he seemed okay too. I saw them the other day," said Woods.

Sheriff Doolen says the investigation is ongoing but the deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide. He expects to have more information next week after results from the lab work are released.