Union Student Death Investigation

Natalie Potts

JACKSON, Tenn.- Jackson police are investigating the death of a Union University student who was found shot to death inside of her car on campus, Wednesday.

Jackson Police said officers responded to Union University after campus security found Olivia Greenlee's body inside of her green 2001 Toyota Corolla parked on the edge of campus. Investigators have not ruled the death a suicide or homicide because there are still some questions that need answers.

Investigators said they are carefully looking into all of the details surrounding this case.

"We're doing everything we can to figure out to the best of our ability what happened to this young lady," Capt. Tyreece Miller, with the Jackson Police Department, said. " In any death investigation, it's our goal and our job to figure out the answers and we've done that to a certain degree. We want to be sure all of the bases are covered. She was found by herself so we have to back track her last steps to find out who she may have spoken with, what she may have been doing [and] what her state of mine was," Capt. Miller said.

Union University president, Dr. David Dockery, told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that Greenlee's death has come as a shock to those who knew her.

"Faculty, staff and students who have heard this are all sad in mourning," said Dr. Dockery. "It's a difficult time for the Union community. She was very beloved, well known and will be greatly missed."

School officials said Greenlee was a music major and honor student set to graduate in May. Dr. Dockery said she was the third member from her family to attend Union. School officials said they are making counselors available to students and staff during this time. Dr. Dockery said all classes are canceled Thursday, Feb. 13 out of respect for the Greenlee family.

"The Union community is praying for the family and friends for God's comfort and grace to sustain them to sustain all of us during this time," Dr. Dockery said.

Union leaders said there will be a special prayer service held for Greenlee and her family, Friday at 10 a.m. at Union's G.M Savage Memorial Chapel. School leaders said anyone wishing to speak or meet with a counselor is asked to call the student services office at (731) 661-5090.

Officers said they have recovered the gun found inside of Greenlee's car.

Police said they are not looking for any suspects at this time.

Anyone with any information that could help authorities is asked to call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-TIPS (8477).


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