“Chip, what’s going on?” I asked, as he rushed out of the icy parking lot before turning on lights and siren.
“This afternoon, just before dark, one of my troopers spotted a car parked on a snow covered farm road near Gadsden – just off the Memphis highway. It was sitting in the middle of the road with motor running, headlights on and not moving. The trooper investigated, and first noticed a large hole in the windshield, then what appeared to be someone sitting behind the steering wheel. When they didn’t respond to his commands, he cautiously approached the vehicle – demanding the driver to turn off the engine. He got no reply, and for good reason. What he found inside was a body sitting in the driver’s area – a body badly disfigured by an apparent shotgun blast to the head and face. After securing the scene, he called me and I instructed him to advise the Gibson County Sheriff’s office of the situation and let them handle it. That’s when we learned you had earlier reported a missing person driving a similar vehicle. I’ve not been to the crime scene; but, reports are that the victim’s head, face and hands were severely damaged by the shot – or shots.”