Suspect named in death of “mummified body” according to search warrant – WVLT.TV

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — According to a search warrant obtained by WVLT News, the discovery of a mummified body on Greenfield Lane is being investigated as a homicide.

Police said three people who were arrested have been identified as Tommy Rose, 62, Deborah Gister, 41, and Christina McCormack, 48.

Police: Mummified body leads to charges against 3 – News

A warrant shows that a witness accused Rose of stabbing the victim in the eye with the intention to kill them and collect their social security benefits. No information about the victims identity has been released by police.

Police: Mummified body leads to charges against 3

Officers reported that upon arrival to the address, they detected a very strong odor. “I believe this odor to be that of a decaying human corpse,” says the warrant. “The odor grew stronger as officers walked closer to the garage/ building located in the rear of the property.”

Authorities seized several items from the home during the search including crack pipes, sheets, a cell phone, a purse, pillows and more, the warrant shows.

While the residents waited outside for officers to conduct the search warrant, Gister allegedly grabbed her son, held a screwdriver to his neck and said, “I have nothing left to live for and I will never be separated from my son.”

Officers said Gister refused to follow commands to drop the screwdriver, leading the officers to forcibly separate the mother and son.

All three residents of the home will stand before a judge on October 17. All three have been charged with abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.

Police said three residents at the home on Greenfield Lane denied any knowledge of the body which investigators say was likely on the property for multiple weeks.

Neighbor, Margret “Becky” Carter told WVLT News reporter Gwendolyn Ducre that the people who lived at the home approached her and asked her to help them dig a hole prior to the discovery, but she declined. After some time passed, she decided to call the police.

Carter said she is friends with her neighbors and she did not know why they wanted her help with digging the hole. She said the home is known to have a lot of people coming in and out for drugs.

According to court documents, police have accused the suspects of wrapping the body in the tarp and destroying material that likely contained evidence about the victims death. They are also accused of failing to call 911 for an extended period of time.

KPD said they received a tip regarding a possible homicide at the 2300 block of Greenfield Lane that led them to find the body.

The body has been transported to the Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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