Hardin County Murder Investigation

Natalie Potts

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn.- Hardin County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a murder mystery, after a woman's body was found hidden inside an apartment off Heath Lane, Wednesday.

"You wouldn't think about murder over here in this neighborhood every body's nice they try to help each other around here and try to get along," said neighbor Jeff Ellis.

Investigators found the body of a female who was hidden for several days, inside the home's closet. The victim has not yet been identified, and was transported to the medical examiners office in Memphis for identification and cause of death. Deputies said the victim is believed to be the homeowner, who was reported missing by family members on March 18, investigators said the last time anyone has seen or heard from her was March 10.

"It's been about a week, a week and a half that i hadn't seen her," said neighbor C.C. Rivera.

Deputies said on March 14, the homeowner's live-in boyfriend, Andrew Rivera was found by a state trooper with cuts to his neck. Two days before the body was discovered, on Monday Rivera was picked up again for violation of his probation.

Hardin County Sheriff Sammy Davidson told WBBJ Eyewitness News, that Rivera is a person of interest although he has not been charged in this case, officials said he is being held without bond on unrelated charges pending their investigation.

"I really don't know what to think right now there's a lot been going on its too much to handle," said C.C. Rivera. "I've stayed upset, she's a great woman and I really don't know what to think about my brother being a suspect, because he doesn't seem like that type of person. I don't think he's a bad guy, I just want to know what happened."

Deputies said how or why the cuts to Rivera's neck got there is still under investigation. Sheriff Davidson said he is investigating the death as a homicide which would make this the first homicide outside of Savannah city limits, the department has investigated since 2010. No charges have been filed in this case.

If you have any information that could help call Hardin County Sheriff's Department at (731)925-3081.


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