Anderson Co. woman found murdered in her home

Anderson Co. woman found murdered in her home

March 7, 2007

By CATHARYN CAMPBELL
6 News Reporter

ANDERSONVILLE (WATE) -- A murder investigation is underway in Anderson County after a woman was found dead in her home in the Big Valley Estates Subdivision.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is assisting the Anderson County Sheriff's Department, identified the woman as Teresa Anne Busler, 45.

Anderson County deputies say Busler's husband, Steve, returned to their home on Big Valley Road shortly after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and found his wife dead.

He ran next door to Ruth Litkowski's house and called 911.

"I could see his hand had blood dripping from it. He said something happened to his beautiful Teresa and he started sobbing. He said he couldn't get a pulse on her."

Litkowski says she and Steve went back to the house and found the couple's three-year-old granddaughter locked in a bedroom. Luckily the tiny girl was not hurt.

"She is a beautiful, little, blonde haired baby. Just as sweet as she can be and she didn't seem to be aware of what was going on."

Investigators are dusting for finger prints and collecting evidence inside of the home.   They aren't saying if someone broke in or if they believe Teresa knew her killer.  

Investigators say she died from an obvious trauma, but have not released further details.

Teresa's daughter and son-in-law moved in a few months ago.  It's not clear if they were home at the time of the murder.

Steve's mother, Willie Helton, says her son and Teresa had a long and loving marriage.   She can not understand why someone would want to hurt Teresa. "She was a real sweet person. She was always thinking of other people before her self."

So far a suspect has not been identified and there is no clear motive. Steve has spent hours talking with investigators.  They say he has been completely cooperative.

Steve has custody of his granddaughter. They are staying with family.

Investigators are conducting interviews and examining the crime scene. They have also searched nearby areas of the subdivision and areas along Andersonville Hwy.

An autopsy will be performed Thursday at the state Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville to determine Busler's cause of death.

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