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Sheriff's Department Investigating Homicide In Denmark

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. - After an early morning call, Madison County Sheriff Deputies spent hours combing through an area of Denmark-Jackson Road in the Denmark community after finding a dead man on the side of the road.

Investigators said the body did not have any identification, but the man did have several identifying tattoos.

"We were able to identify the body after family members were able to look at photos of various tattoos on the victims body," said Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork.

The body is that of Lazar Arnez Smith, 26, of Jackson. His last known address was 667 Old Humboldt Road, Apt. D, Jackson.

Sheriff Woolfork said the victim had been trouble with the law.

"He does have a record. He was charged with delivering drugs and had various traffic violations and misdemeanor charges," said Sheriff Woolfork.

Sheriff Woolfork said the investigation is just beginning.

"We will continue to interview people who saw him last. We've talked to family members who talked to him at 10 p.m., Wednesday night," said Sheriff Woolfork.

The body has been taken to the Forensics Center in Nashville to determine the exact cause of death.

If you have any information that would help investigators, call the Madison County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit at (731) 423-6000 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-TIPS.

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