Left: Mendoza Right: Ramirez


Two men charged in death of Linden woman

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Two people have been arrested in connection to the death of a 25-year-old Linden woman who was originally thought to have been involved in a hit-and-run.

After a joint investigation, TBI and THP officials have named Juan Carlos Ramirez, 28, and Luis Galvan Mendoza, 40, as suspects in the death of Brittney Lynn Simpson.

TBI spokesperson Josh DeVine says on July 10, both suspects held Simpson against her will and were traveling on Highway 412 when she was either pushed or fell from Ramirez’s Ford F-150 truck.

"That's still very much under investigation. Suffice it to say the examination of the woman's body wasn't necessarily consistent with a hit and run," DeVine said.

Simpson was found in the left lane with severe injuries. A medical helicopter airlifted her from the scene, but she did not survive. TBI officials say they have reason to believe Simpson knew at least one of the men.

Ramirez and Mendoza and charged both with one count of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and Felony Murder. The TBI says the last known addresses of both men are from the Parsons area.

Both are being held in the Henderson County Jail without bond. The investigation remains ongoing.

"We're still trying to do what we can to piece together the exact timeline and the exact location of where things happened and why she was with these two men to begin with," DeVine said.

They will be in court in Henderson County on Tuesday morning.


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