Woman found ‘brutally’ murdered inside Madison counseling center


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police are investigating after a 50-year-old woman was found “brutally” murdered Wednesday morning inside the Madison counseling center where she worked.

Police said the body of Melissa “Missy” Hamilton was discovered with “obvious trauma” around 6:30 a.m. at Crossroads Counseling on Gallatin Pike South near Neelys Bend Road.

Hamilton, who lived in La Vergne, was the center’s Assistant Director.

Melissa “Missy” Hamilton (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

According to investigators, Hamilton’s husband woke up Wednesday morning and realized she had not returned home, so he called police.

Officers went to Crossroads Counseling and found Hamilton deceased inside. Her vehicle, a Ford Focus, was parked by the front door of the business.

Police said there was a group session at the counseling center that ended at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. It was not uncommon for Hamilton to do individual counseling following a group session, officers explained.

“She made you feel really welcome,” Heather Butterworth, a former client of Hamilton’s told News 2,  “She made you know that you’re not a piece of crap just because you know you made mistakes in life. She actually was a recovering addict herself and she, you know let people know her past experiences, what helps her, what triggers her.”

Butterworth said Hamilton helped her through a very hard time in her life. She added that Hamilton would always offer to stay after class to talk and even told clients they could call her whenever.

“She was a sweet lady, she did not deserve this, all she tried to do was help people,” Butterworth said, “And you must’ve been a very very hurt person to have done something like this.”

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