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Two Charged with Murder as Body Found Near NC Line PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 07 May 2012 05:46

A man and a woman—boyfriend and girlfriend—were jailed Friday night in the Carter County Tennessee Jail on murder charges after the discovery of a body near the North Carolina line.  The body was found in a remote area of Unicoi County earlier in the day Friday, as Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said the body was discovered on private property near the North Carolina border with Mitchell County. Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said the body is believed to be that of a 78-year-old man who had not been seen for since mid April, Mathes said that on April 17, the Johnson City Police Department started receiving reports of the missing man, but there was no financial activity on the man’s accounts, according to Mathes. The Johnson City Press said that Mathes reported authorities got a break in this case Thursday evening that led to the Friday discovery of what appears to be remains of the missing man. Identification is pending an autopsy and positive identification, and Mathes also said the man’s name is being withheld at this time. Taken into custody were Timothy Pate, 43, and Whitney Harris, 21, both of Carter County. Although Mathes said authorities are also not releasing information on the man’s manner of death, he told the paper the death was “violent” based on what investigators could visibly see at the scene. Mathes told the paper officials suspect the homicide took place in Carter County and the body, which Mathes said was found rolled up in carpet, was taken to Unicoi County where it was dumped. Pate was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in the commission of a felony and tampering with evidence. Harris was charged with accessory after first-degree murder, accessory after first-degree murder in the commission of a felony and tampering with evidence. Mathes said soil samples and tire track molds were taken at the scene. The remains have been sent to East Tennessee State where the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will be doing multiple tests to confirm the identity of the victim and manner of death, according to Mathes.

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