Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Autopsy Results Pending In Missing Persons Case

Authorities in both Putnam and Smith counties are working together to determine what happened to a woman, whose dead body was found in the New Middleton community of Smith County last week. 28-year-old Cynthia Dawn Crabtree had been reported missing by her mother a few weeks ago. Crabtree's body was discovered late Friday afternoon by a man, who was jogging along a state highway when he smelled an odor. When the jogger checked out the odor, he discovered a decomposing body off the shoulder of the roadway. Authorities say there were no obvious signs of injury to the woman, such as a gunshot wound. The remains were transported to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville in an effort to determine the cause of death. Meanwhile, investigators with the TBI, Smith and Putnam County Sheriff’s Departments are working on the case.