Woman, child found shot to death in Grainger County

Woman, child found shot to death in Grainger County

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Two bodies were found on a property in Rutledge Saturday morning. Two bodies were found on a property in Rutledge Saturday morning.
This green Ford Taurus was found at the scene. This green Ford Taurus was found at the scene.
Deputies say no one has lived in the house for at least a month. Deputies say no one has lived in the house for at least a month.
A mobile home, which burned three months ago, is also on the property. A mobile home, which burned three months ago, is also on the property.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

RUTLEDGE (WATE) - The investigation is still underway into what happened to a woman and her grandson who were found shot to death on the side of the road in Grainger County.

The Grainger County Sheriff's Office says the bodies have been identified as Deidre Thacker of Sharps Chapel and her 10-year-old grandson, Jaden Thacker. They were found in the 8800 block of Lakeshore Drive in Rutledge around 7:30 Saturday morning.

Investigators say evidence at the scene indicates an apparent murder-suicide. 

Their bodies were found about 25 feet from a green Ford Taurus, which was parked in the driveway of a home that officers say has been vacant for at least a month.

"The car was the vehicle the two victims were in and drove here. As far as why they chose this location, that's being investigated," said Chief Deputy Charles Biddle of the Grainger County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies are working with TBI on the case to rule out any foul play.

Rosezetta Hulsey lives next door. She's the one who found the bodies Saturday morning and called 911.

"I walk over there and I see the little boy and I just break down and start crying. He's a baby. He is a baby. And I don't know if it's his momma or what but she's laying right there beside him," said Hulsey of Rutledge.

Hulsey said she and her son heard arguing between what sounded like a man and a woman coming from next door, late Friday night. Then they heard gunshots.

"He heard 'help me' before the gunshots," said Hulsey.

Hulsey said when they looked outside, they didn't see anything. Then she made the discovery Saturday morning. 

"You just don't expect to see a little child laying on the side of the road right there," said Hulsey.

Authorities are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

They ask that you call 911 or the Grainger County Sheriff's Office at 865-828-3613.

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