Autopsy results pending in Roan Mountain double homicide investigation

John Thompson • Jul 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — Awaiting autopsy results, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department continued its investigation Monday of last week’s double homicide in the Hampton Creek community.

Sheriff Chris Mathes was at the scene at 120 Hemlock Lane on Monday afternoon.

“We are just trying to put some pieces together,” Mathes said.

One thing the department is waiting on is the preliminary report from the autopsies, which were conducted last week at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine.

The autopsies are especially important in the investigation because both bodies were partially burned, making it difficult for even the most experienced of investigators to determine what happened. Lt. Mike Little said officers believe they saw bullet wounds in the body, but it will take the results of the autopsy to verify those observations.

In addition to gathering evidence from the murders, the investigators from the sheriff’s department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are also examining an attack at the residence two weeks earlier that resulted in the burning of the home of Glenn Shell and Joyce Brock.

Shell told investigators after the first attack that he had been watching television at 3:30 a.m. on June 6 when he heard someone attempting to break in. When the burglar could not get through the door, Shell said he heard the man running across the deck, then smelled the odor of kerosene. The next thing he knew his home was on fire.

Shell woke Brock and they were able to escape the first arson of the month. Firefighters said the burn patterns were consistent with flammable liquids being poured on the deck and leading to the yard.

The sheriff’s department is interested in talking with anyone who has information about either of the incidents. Callers may use the Crimestoppers Hotline at 423-542-2350 or the sheriff’s department main line at 542-1845.

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