Knoxville cold case: 2007 murder of Jennifer Lee Ann Law

Knoxville cold case: 2007 murder of Jennifer Lee Ann Law

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6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - On September 15, 2007, a man walking his dog in a field near Hoitt Avenue and Boone Street found a dead body. Police say Jennifer Lee Ann Law had been beaten, strangled and burned.

Her body was found on her 25th birthday. Investigators think it was driven there and dumped in the field.

"She was beaten and strangled. They burned half her body. We had some tire marks that looked like someone drove through, stopped and threw her body out," says Sgt. Tim Snoderly, with the Knoxville Police Department.

Her family says Law didn't lead the most morally perfect life, but that's no reason for someone who killed her to get away with it.

She was one of seven siblings. Her sister, Jessica Lewis, says Lee Ann was the wild one.

"She was crazy fun, always had me laughing. She was awesome," Lewis says.

Law was a wife and mother, but her family says there were some bumps along the road. She had problems in her marriage, got into drugs and lost custody of one of her children.

Her family also says as Law's life got tougher, those problems got worse. "She was a depressed person. She was prostituting for drugs, if that's what you want to say," Lewis says.

Her family says they were worried about Lee Ann. "We were scared. She was just her own self. She didn't listen to anybody. She did what she wanted to do," Lewis says.

Police think Law's involvement with drugs and prostitution has fingers pointing in a lot of directions in this case. They think more than one person was involved in the murder.

"We know she was viciously murdered and someone tried to cover it up by burning her body," Sgt. Snoderly says.

Police say the field Law's body was dumped in is a known red light district. "This lady may have had a difficult past, but she didn't deserve to die the way she did," Sgt. Snoderly says.

Law's family says since the day her body was found in that field, nothing has been the same.

"We had to cremate her body because we could not have her embalmed. My Mom is not the same person. It's awful," Lewis says.

Police believe someone knows who brutally murdered Lee Ann Law, and a person with leads who comes forward could help crack the case.

Anyone with information should call police at (865) 217-7140. 

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