Monday, April 4, 2011

Police Investigating Woman's Death

The Cookeville police department says they expect to interview several more witnesses and review autopsy results as they work to determine the cause of death for a woman, whose body was found in a home on Lee Seminary Road early Sunday.   According to the department, at about midnight on Saturday night, April 2, officers responded to 2795 Lee Seminary Road after receiving an anonymous complaint requesting a welfare check on the residents there. Upon arrival, officers located two male residents. Police say both appeared to have been drinking alcoholic beverages. They determined that one of the residents, identified as 53-year-old Timothy Cloyd, was wanted for a violation of probation charge in Putnam County. He was taken into custody. Another resident, 59-year-old Billie Rush, was not arrested.  But police say a third person, who they were trying to check on, identified as 46-year-old Sandra Tinsley, was not located. Officers say the other people in the home indicated that Tinsley may have left the residence earlier in the evening.  Police then left the scene, but at about 8 am the following morning, they say Billie Rush awoke and, at some point, discovered the body of Sandra Tinsley in a back room in the house. Police were again notified and responded to the address again. They say Tinsley's body appeared to them to have been partially concealed in that back room.  Authorities say there is an on-going investigation into her death.  And if anyone has any information concerning this death, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 520-STOP (520-7867).