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Body Discovered Now a Homicide Investigation

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the death investigation of a body found in the Ross Creek area on May 1, has now turned into a homicide investigation.

crimeHeadSunday afternoon, an ATV rider discovered the body of 26-year-old Samantha Kathleen (Kirtland) Chandler approximately 150 feet off the roadway in an area frequented by recreational vehicles.

TBI spokesperson Susan Niland says the body was found “where Ross Creek Road turns into Burketts Chapel Road.” This area is remote with few homes or other structures.

Sheriff Clint Shrum stated the body had been transported to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Investigators are currently tracking down leads to find out why Chandler may have been in the area and whom she was with. If anyone has any information, you are urged to call the sheriff’s office at 931-692-3466, ext. 5. You can also send tips via Mobile Patrol or by email at