Murder victim’s daughter meets with media, investigators

Murder victim's daughter meets with media, investigators (Image 1)

The daughter of a Coffee County woman has returned to Tennessee to speak to media about her mother's mysterious death.

Candace Smith's mother, 51-year-old Connie Brown, was found murdered two weeks ago on March 9.

Brown's body was found in an abandoned rock quarry in the Coffee County community of Summitville.
“She had been shot in the chest and her body burned,” Smith told Nashville's News 2.

“My mother was only 51 years old when she had passed. She barely had time to live her life. It is hard to believe something like this could happen. Even today, it has been two weeks and I still, it hasn't really hit,” she continued.

Smith, who lives in Indiana, drove back to Tennessee hoping to find some answers.

“You hear about murders in the news all the time but you never know somebody that you personally know to be murdered, so I received a call from one of my aunts late night I was just in shock,” Smith explained.

She doesn't know why anyone would want to kill her mom, who she says was a kind, trusting and giving person.

“She trusted everybody. Had lots of friends in the area. She would take strangers in and give them a night to stay, even give them some food. She was just the type of person that everybody loved,” Smith shared.

Police tell Nashville's News 2 that they do not have much to go on.

They have combed the neighborhoods surrounding the remote area and are asking for help from the public.

“We are just begging for the community's help, if they have any information to contact us,” said Coffee County Sheriff Investigator, Chad Partin.

On Friday, Smith went to the quarry area, known locally as the Summitville Caves, so she could see the place where her mother's murderer left her body.

“For the closure, you just want to see where it happened,” she said.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen Brown during March 1 through 9 to contact their local law enforcement agency.

They can also call the Coffee County Sheriff Office at 931-728-3591 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Previous stories:

  • March 19, 2013: No new leads known in Coffee County quarry homicide
  • March 11, 2013: TBI: Woman found dead in Coffee County was shot in chest
  • March 10, 2013: Coffee County man discovers woman's burned body outside of cave
  • March 9, 2013: Man finds woman dead outside of Coffee County cave
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