Kidnapping victim, suspect found dead in vehicle after pursuit; deaths determined to be murder-suicide

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CADIZ, Ky. (WKRN) — Two people, including a Tennessee woman, are dead following a kidnapping Wednesday.

Dispatchers originally received the call just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The kidnapping victim was identified as 53-year-old Tammy Beechum of Dover, Tennessee. Police say she was taken by force from a parking lot at a business on Lafayette Street in Cadiz, Kentucky.

Following the preliminary investigation, police identified 65-year-old Thomas Hungerford of Cadiz as the suspect. Hungerford was identified through interviews as the “estranged boyfriend” of Beechum.

At around 4 p.m., Troopers spotted Hungerford’s Mitsubishi Montero driving on US 27 in Lancaster, Kentucky.

After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped on US 27 near the city of Stanford. Once Troopers approached the vehicle, they found the bodies of both Beechum and Hungerford inside.

Authorities say the deaths appear to be the result of a murder-suicide. No other suspects are being searched for at this time.

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