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UPDATE: TBI investigating body found in Grundy Co. as a homicide

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GRUNDY COUNTY, TN -

UPDATE: A woman's body was found lying near a wooded trail Sunday and Monday afternoon officials now say her death was homicide. 
  
The Grundy County Sheriff's office discovered 26-year-old Samantha Chandler's body in the Ross Creek area just after noon. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now helping with the case.

Friends say Samantha Chandler always wore a smile and she loved her little boy more than anything. Tonight they're hoping someone out there knows something that could crack this case wide open, deputies are pursuing leads but so far no arrests have been made. 

 "Yesterday afternoon about 12:30- 12:35 p.m., we received a call that somebody had found a female body in the Ross Creek area," said Sheriff Clint Shrum, Grundy County Sheriff's Dept.  

Chandler's family tells Channel 3, she was last seen around 2 a.m. at her grandmother's house nearby, they believe someone picked her up. 

 "We suspect foul play just by some of the things that we've seen on the scene, I really can't go into details about that but we're going to work at all leads," said Sheriff Shrum. "We're working on some leads this morning and hopefully we can get to the bottom of this."
 
Deputies say Chandler's body was found some 150 feet from the gravel road, near a remote trail. The Rock Creek area is a popular spot for ATVs because the road is surrounded by dense woods and trails. While the official cause of Chandler's death has not yet been determined, based on the preliminary autopsy report, TBI agents say they're investigating Chandler's death as a homicide. 

Investigators need your help, they're asking anyone with information to come forward. 

"To find out who she was with, we know she didn't walk out there... so we are just trying to find out who she was with yesterday," said Sheriff Shrum.

Family members say Samantha was shot, information the Sheriff isn't ready to confirm. Those who knew Chandler describe her as a sweet loving daughter, sister and young mother to her 3-year-old son. They say they can't imagine how anyone could do this. 

"That's what's tough about it," said Sheriff Shrum. "From every indication and what we've seen, this was a good person."

If you have any information that can help investigators, call the Grundy County Sheriff's Department at : (931)-692-3466.


UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the body found Sunday in Grundy County as that of 26-year-old Samantha Kathleen Chandler. TBI said due a preliminary autopsy report that they are investigating the case as a homicide. 

Chandler's body was found in the Ross Creek area by people riding four-wheelers.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Grundy County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 3 that a female body was discovered Sunday around  12:30 p.m. 

The body was found in the Ross Creek Area.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been asked to assist in the investigation.  

They tell Channel 3 the woman's body was found by individuals riding four-wheelers on Ross Creek Road. They are working to identify the woman and determine the cause of death. 

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