Murder of Clarksville grandfather remains mystery - WKRN News 2

Murder of Clarksville grandfather remains mystery

Posted: Updated: Feb 16, 2014 06:42 PM

Clarksville police are hoping to generate new leads on a homicide that occurred more than six years ago and remains a mystery.

Dorris Clinard, 57, was found stabbed to death near his driveway on July 27, 2007.

Clinard was active in his church, devoted to his wife, Connie, and seemed to have no enemies.

Officer Natalie Hall stated on the morning of July 7 around 7 a.m., a neighbor leaving for work spotted Clinard lying between two cars in the parking area outside his home on West Park Drive.

He had been stabbed in the chest area.

Officer Hall said there was no indication of a robbery and no one heard anything.  His wife was still asleep.

"That was the whole problem with this case. We didn't have a whole lot to go on," she stated.

Officer Hall said the neighborhood is normally safe and quiet, even to this day.

"It is a good area to run and jog in the morning, or anytime during the day, just because you feel comfortable there," she explained.

Officer Hall said around that same time every morning, Clinard would typically step outside to smoke a cigarette before work.

That morning, several witnesses possibly saw one or two suspicious men walking in the area, but it never led to any suspects.

Dorris Clinard was a lifelong resident of Clarksville and had worked at Levelle Valley Creamery in La Vergne for 25 years.

He had just started a new job at a fiberglass company in Clarksville, My Word is My Bond, four days prior to his murder.  He had changed jobs to be closer to home.

One year after his murder, a garden monument at his church, Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian, was dedicated in his honor.

The memorial features the Ten Commandments and Dorris' favorite Bible verse, John 3:16.

The family sent News 2 a statement this week:

"The Family of Dorris Clinard would like to extend our gratitude to the Clarksville Police Department for their resolve in the investigation of this murder case. We would like to thank News 2 for providing a platform to inform the community that this case continues to be examined and that we are looking for any possible leads. We plead for anyone with any information to contact the Clarksville Police Department. We, as a family, continue to miss him each and every day.  Our hope is to find closure and justice at the end of this process."

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Detective Anderson at 931-648-0656 ext 5132. To remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline, at 931-645-TIPS.

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