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UPDATE 4: Bledsoe deputies investigate possible double homicide

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Billie Sue Blalock (left) and her sister Elizabeth Brown were found shot to death at their home Tuesday. Billie Sue Blalock (left) and her sister Elizabeth Brown were found shot to death at their home Tuesday.

PIKEVILLE, BLEDSOE COUNTY, TN (WRCB)--Detectives are investigating what appears to be a double homicide.

Two elderly sisters, Billie Sue Blalock and Elizabeth Brown, were found dead.

They were widows, one a banks bookkeeper and the other a family doctor's nurse.

"It's a more or less horror story. For everybody knows them. Everybody loved them. I thought everybody loved them," says Ed Frazier.

No motive makes sense to Frazier, for why anybody would want to kill his first cousins: 82-year-old Elizabeth Brown, and her 79-year-old sister Billy Sue Blalock.

"The Bible says love of money is the root of all evil. It had to be about money, in my mind," says Frazier.

"These are very special ladies, who took very good care of their stuff. They have a lot of things of value in the home," says Bledsoe Sheriff Jimmy Morris.

Still, the sheriff says, investigators have found no signs of a struggle. Nor that anybody's taken anything.

"Miss Brown was found in her bedroom. Miss Blalock was found off the back steps," says Sheriff Morris.

Both in their bedclothes but the sheriff says Miss Billie Sue may have been trying to get away.

Miss Elizabeth's grandchildren all attend Bledsoe County School. Central offices put all on lock down. Not, the superintendent says, for a credible threat but to play it safe.

Shortly after noon, Miss Elizabeth's daughter and other family members leave, giving no signs of questions asked or answers given.

Miss Elizabeth and Miss Billie Sue had lived next to each other, but otherwise alone, ever since they'd been widowed.

Feeling fairly safe, family members say, living down a long gravel driveway off of Mill Dam Road.

"I cautioned them about keeping their doors locked and taking care, even in the daytime. And they tried to do that," says Frazier.

The sisters are distant cousins to Sheriff Jimmy Morris but blood is far from the only reason this crime is personal.

"We're asking everybody we can to try to bring these folks to justice," says Sheriff Morris.

The TBI is gathering physical evidence. Though the sheriff won't say what.

The medical examiner will be performing autopsies.


PIKEVILLE, BLEDSOE COUNTY (WRCB) – Deputies are investigating the possible double homicide of two elderly sisters in Bledsoe County.

The bodies of the two women were found in a home on Mill Dam Road in Pikeville around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators are calling the deaths suspicious.

The victims are identified as 82-year-old Elizabeth Brown and her sister 79-year-old Billie Sue Blalock.

The Bledsoe County Chief Deputy tells Channel 3, one of the women was found in the bedroom, while the other was found outside the home. Both died as a result of apparent gunshot wounds.

According to family members, Both Elizabeth and Billie Sue were active members of the First Southern Baptist Church in Pikeville.

Billie Sue worked as bookkeeper at First National Bank before retiring and Elizabeth was a longtime nurse for one of the family doctors.

Family members tell Channel 3 that both women were widows and lived on the property. Billie Sue took care of her older sister. Both were described as active.

The chief deputy says there is no sign of a struggle, forced entry or burglary at the home.

Ed Frazier, a cousin of the women tells Channel 3 he was at the home Monday doing some work and said everything seemed fine.

A home health aide found the bodies of the sisters this morning.

The superintendent of Bledsoe County Schools tells Channel 3 Eyewitness News that no one is being allowed in or out of any of the schools while deputies look for a possible suspect.

Investigators are at the scene now. No suspect information has been released.

Channel 3 has at the scene now. Details as they become available on WRCBtv.com.

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