TBI investigating death of Lake City woman

TBI investigating death of Lake City woman

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Martha McGhee (source: family) Martha McGhee (source: family)

6 News Reporter

LAKE CITY (WATE) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a Lake City woman.

A report from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office shows the initial 911 call about Martha McGhee, 33, claimed she jumped from a van on Cobb Hollow Road.

McGhee was flown to UT Medical Center, where she died.

Witnesses told deputies they saw McGhee beforehand arguing with her boyfriend, James Richard Wylie, 53, of Lake City, in the van at a nearby Dollar General Store.

The witnesses were following the van when it sped up, rounding a sharp curve. That's when they saw McGhee's body on the road.

McGhee's sister, Crystal Ward, says her sister had many struggles in the past, but there is no reason why she had to die like this.

"We think she deserves justice," said Ward. "She might have been on drugs, and she might have gotten her kids taken away, but she was still a living person, and she didn't deserve to die that way."

Ward says her sister received blunt force trauma to the head after the fall from the vehicle, and that she only lived 16 hours after the incident.

She says she wants to know why someone would leave her sister in the middle of the road, and feel someone needs to be arrested.

"The family knows who's responsible," said Ward. "We do know."

McGhee would have been 34-years-old on the day of her funeral. TBI is working to determine if foul play was involved.

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