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Mom of Murder Victim: 'God knows who did this'


SODDY DAISY, TN. (WRCB) -- A Soddy Daisy mother says one man may be behind bars, but others played a role in her son's murder.

Casey Burgiss had been missing since July. His body was discovered Monday in a cave, just a mile from where he was last seen.

"He always had a smile for everybody," says Karen Crawley.

Karen Crawley says she was heartbroken to learn her son had been murdered, but not surprised.

The family spent nearly three months looking for 24-year-old Casey Burgiss.

During that time rumors swirled.

Anonymous calls came in from people claiming to know what happened.

"That three people had taken him out on the mountain, on that mountain, and robbed him, and killed him," says Crawley.

Police found Burgiss' body in a cave on Montlake Mountain Monday.

Keith Stewart told police he and two other men planned to rob Burgiss.

But the 19-year-old, who otherwise has a clean record, points to someone else as the shooter.

"I personally do not believe that one person did this," Crawley says. "I will never believe that one person was able to do this."

Soddy Daisy police will not say if the two people Stewart named will be charged, only that they are waiting on autopsy results to move forward.

Karen Crawley admits her son ran with a rough crowd. She believes he trusted the wrong people.

"He was a human being, and he did not deserve by any means to be done this way," she says. "And the fact that it was possibly done by someone he thought was his friend is very, very disturbing to me."

And, she has this message for anyone else that may have played a role in her son's death.

"God knows everything," she says. "He knows exactly who did this."

The medical examiner is expected to release his findings Thursday.

Autopsy results will likely reveal a lot about how and when Burgiss died, and possibly who was involved.


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