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UPDATE: Wife charged with homicide following death investigation in Rhea Co.

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RHEA COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: The Rhea County Sheriff's office says a woman admitted to killing her husband and wrapping him in garbage bags.

Deputies responded to the couple's home on Walkertown Road in Dayton, due to reports of a shooting.

When they arrived at the scene, they found 51-year-old Thomas Wilkey dead.

Patricia Wilkey told police she shot him twice in the head, wrapped his body in trash bags, and threw the gun in the river from the Highway 60 bridge.

She then told police she took his clothes and threw them off the bluff on Graysville Road.

Wilkey is charged with criminal homicide.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS STORY: A death investigation is underway by the TBI and Rhea County Sheriff's Office Monday.

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland tells Channel 3 a body was found at a home on Walkertown Road in Dayton.

Sheriff Mike Neal says the victim is 51-year-old Thomas Skipper Wilkey.

The TBI says investigators received information leading them to the suspect, 50-year-old Patricia Kaye Wilkey, who is also the victim's wife.

Wilkey was arrested and charged with one count of criminal homicide.

Details of how the victim died are unknown at this time.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.

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