Roan Mountain double murder remains mystery

John Thompson • Jun 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Investigators from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continue to follow leads in the apparent double homicide case involving two bodies discovered in a garage at 120 Hemlock Lane in the Hampton Creek community. The bodies had been partially burned.

“We are spending a great deal of time on the leads we have,” Lt. Mike Little of the sheriff’s department said on Thursday. He said he has not yet received any information from the autopsies conducted at Quillen College of Medicine, but he said such information can be slow in coming in cases where the bodies were burned.

Little said investigators believe the victims suffered gunshot wounds. Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also said agents had found there were gunshots. Neither Helm nor Little could confirm other news media reports that the gunshots had been to the head.

“I was quoted as saying that in a story, but I don’t know where that came from,” Little said.

The investigators are still awaiting confirmation from the autopsy on the identities of the victims.

There had been two people living at the residence, Glenn Shell and Joyce Brock. They had been the victims of a previous arson on their home on June.

Shell had told investigators following the attack that he and Brock had been in the residence at 3:30 a.m. when he heard someone attempting to break in. he told investigators that when the man failed to break in, the man ran across the deck. The next thing Shell noticed was the smell of diesel and then he saw flames on the deck.

Shell woke Brock and both managed to escape their burning home. Since that time, neighbors said they lived in the garage until they could rebuild. It was after a fire in the garage on Tuesday that the bodies were discovered.

Little said his investigators are seeking information from anyone who might have knowledge of the incidents. He said callers may use the Crimestoppers Hotline at 423-542-2350. Calls to the hotline may be made anonymously.

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