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Trenton Police Investigating First Murder in Years

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Trenton Police are investigating a homicide after family members discovered the body of a loved one, Saturday.

Investigators said this was the first homicide the city of Trenton has seen in years.

"This is not common, violence is not common in our community for sure," said Lieutenant James Wilson. "We are a small community, very tight knit community, safe community."

Police told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that family members found the victim stabbed to death in his bath tub.

"They called it in as a medical emergency, so I'm not sure it was that obvious. When officers arrived it was obvious to them that he was deceased."

Authorities have not released the victim's identity. Family members confirmed he was a 63-year-old man and father of three.

Police said the body was clothed in the tub with multiple stab wounds to the chest. Investigators said the crime scene showed that there were signs of a struggle.

"This is a serious crime and we are going to treat it as such and make sure when it is brought to resolution that everything is done properly."

Investigators said so far they have not found any obvious signs of a break-in, and it is unclear at this point in their investigation where the murder took place.

Officers preserved the crime scene for hours Saturday so that TBI crews and forensic teams from Nashville could assist in the investigation.

"Because it is a house scene, it's a rather complicated crime scene," said Lt. Wilson. "So we called them for assistance to process the scene. We are going to put in all of our efforts and resources and outside resources."

Police said they are working on some leads but so far no arrests have been made.

Their investigation is ongoing.
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