A 23-year-old Tullahoma woman was found dead Monday in an abandoned SUV in Franklin County.
Kayla Qualls' body was discovered shortly after 11 a.m. in her maroon Ford Explorer parked in a field near the intersection of Spring Creek Road and UT Farm Road.
Two hunters spotted the SUV and called police.
"Our deputy went to investigate and discovered the body of a young woman in the back of the vehicle," Sgt. Chris Guess with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office explained.
Authorities said Qualls died of a head injury.
"Preliminary indications are that it's some type of blunt force trauma to the head. We don't know specifics," said Sgt. Guess, adding, "That will have to be determined through the autopsy."
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said the exact cause and circumstances surrounding Qualls' death are not known but investigators do not believe she died in the Franklin County field. "Homicide scenes have a lot of signatures and characteristics with it that this doesn't, and we feel like that it was just a place to ditch a vehicle with a body in it," he said.
Investigators do not believe Qualls had been dead long when the car was ditched. She had not been reported missing.
Sgt. Guess said there is a person of interest but he declined to release that person's name.
Fuller added they already have very promising information.
"The first 48 hours in a case is very, very vital and running down information as to where her whereabouts were prior to this event is what we are working on at this time," the sheriff said.
Qualls, a 2007 graduate of Moore County High School, leaves behind two young children, ages three and four.
Anyone with information on her death is urged to contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND or Crime Stoppers at 931-962-INFO.