2 charged with abuse of a corpse in East Tennessee

Tennessee News

Robert S. Holmes, 51, and Amy J. Brumfield, 33, of Mills Park Road,. Gatlinburg. (Sevier County Sheriff’s Office)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE/WKRN) – Two people have been arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse involving the death of a 32-year-old woman, Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals said.

The body of Marissa R. Sutton, 32, was found on Thursday morning on the side of the road by a passing motorist, according to Seals.

Investigators say they believe she died elsewhere of an apparent drug overdose and her body was moved, according to a news release from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert S. Holmes, 51, and Amy J. Brumfield, 33, of Gatlinburg have been arrested and charged abuse of a corpse, Seals said. Both are being held in Sevier County Jail pending arraignment in General Sessions Court.

The investigation is continuing and investigators are awaiting final results of the autopsy, according to the news release.

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