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Daughter of slain woman meets with law enforcement

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

An Indiana woman came to Coffee County Friday in hopes of obtaining information about the murder of her mother.

The body of Connie Lou Brown, 51, was found March 9 shot in the chest, partially burned and dumped in a place known as the Summitville Caves rock quarry.

Candace Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind., met with investigators from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department to learn more about the slaying.

“I was shocked when I heard that she had been murdered,” Smith told reporters Friday morning. She said the last time she

Fort Wayne, Ind., resident Candace Smith met Friday with Coffee County Sheriff’s Department investigators to learn the details of the murder of her mother, Connie Lou Brown. Smith stated that her mother was a kind and trusting individual and she could not understand why someone would kill her. (Staff photo by Wayne Thomas)

spoke with her mother was on Feb. 5 when Brown called her to wish her a happy birthday.

Smith added that her mother was “so trusting and would give anything to someone to help them.”  She said she could not believe someone would kill her mother.

“Anyone who knew her was, and is, surprised that someone would kill her,” Smith said.

She noted that her mother had lived with her boyfriend of 10 years in McMinnville. She explained that Brown liked Tennessee because she “liked to hike and enjoy the outside.”

She stated that police have learned that her mother was last seen on March 1 when she left a friend’s house.

“The friend just thought that she was with another friend but when they talked they realized that she wasn’t,” Smith said. The concerned friends then contacted the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

“After we found her body and checked with surrounding areas, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department contacted us and said that she could be Mrs. Brown,” Coffee County Sheriff’s Department investigator Chad Partin told reporters.