Double homicide case spans three local counties

Double homicide case spans three local counties; victim's family seeks answers

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Terrence Stewart and Cortney Thompson (Courtesy: Facebook) Terrence Stewart and Cortney Thompson (Courtesy: Facebook)

6 News Reporter

GREENEVILLE (WATE) – Detectives are looking into a double homicide that spans three counties in our area. A couple was found dead Sunday morning under the river bridge on State Route 321 in Greene County.

The area is close to the Cocke County-Greene County line. Terrence Logan Stewart, 21, and Cortney Amber Thompson, 20, had both sustained gunshot wounds, according to Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns.

"They had been dating since high school, close to three years," said Johnny Thompson, Cortney's father.

Thompson's parents say the couple had been living with them in Dandridge in Jefferson County until Wednesday, when they had moved to Newport.

"They were trying to get on their feet and get their own place. They were good kids, loved by a lot of people," said Kim Thompson, Cortney's mother.

Detectives in Cocke County, where the couple had just moved, and Greene County, where the bodies were found, are looking into the double homicide. They say the area where the bodies were found, by the banks of the Nolichucky River, sees a decent amount of traffic.

"It isn't hard to drive down there, if that's what happened, and leave the bodies there. But we don't know yet," explained Sheriff Burns.

He says they are still looking for one of the couple's cars, a 2000 gray Honda Accord.

Investigators found the other missing car in the case, a 1990 green BMW in Newport, according to Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes.

The Thompsons are desperate to find out who may have killed the couple and why. "They were young and made some mistakes, but they had big hearts and a lot of people loved them. They are going to be missed so much," Kim Thompson said.

Investigators would like to hear from people who had spoken to Stewart or Thompson recently, or anyone who may have seen the two missing vehicles.

Any leads in the case should be called in to the Greene County Sheriff's Office at 423-798-1800, the Cocke County Sheriff's Office at 423-623-3064 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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