Reward offered for information on Morgan County murder suspect


COALFIELD (WATE) – Family and friends of a Morgan County murder victim are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with specific information that can lead to an arrest.

“A reward can bring people out that normally would be afraid to talk,” said Morgan County investigator Mike Wren.

Jerry “Pete” McCarroll was found dead on April 18. Bob Edwards with the District Attorney’s General Russell Johnson’s office said the body was found at around 6:30 a.m. outside the Allied Metal Recovery & Refining business on Gouge Hollow Road.

Officials said McCarroll was badly beaten and shot. They believe the suspect stole several thousand dollars in cash from McCarroll at the time. Officers say they think they discovered the body within minutes of the murder, so the suspect would have been in the area sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.

McCarroll was a Vietnam War veteran and a cancer survivor. He retired from Boeing and B&W Clinch River in Oak Ridge.

Investigators believe the suspect may have known McCarroll’s schedule and habits.

“He was known to carry money. He dealt in scrap and bought equipment for the company he worked for. So carried a lot of cash on him sometimes. Someone who was probably familiar with his schedule and location of his business,” Det. Wren added.

To provide information, call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s hotline at 1-800-824-3463 or speak to Detective Mike Wren with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-346-6262.

“We’ve got numerous suspects and we’re basically we’re trying to thin out the field by eliminating people at this point,” said Wren.

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