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Lab Results Pending In Chandler Homicide

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

Laboratory reports are still pending in the death of 26-year-old Gruetli-Laager mother Samantha Kathleen Chandler, Sheriff Clint Shrum said Monday.

Shrum said authorities had a “strong lead” in May, but there have been no new leads to date.

investigation-clipart-can-stock-photo_csp5243988Chandler’s body was found May 1, about 150 feet off a remote, rural road in an isolated area south of the town of Gruetli-Laager.

ATV riders discovered the body near the area where Ross Creek Road becomes Burkett’s Chapel Road, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The area — consisting of heavily wooded terrain that is crisscrossed with trails and fire roads — is frequented by off-roaders and outdoor enthusiasts.

Shrum said earlier in the investigation that Chandler lived at a Pickett Lake Road West home until August. State property records show the home belongs to Daniel Chandler and describe the residence as a mobile home on a little less than 2 acres.

TBI agents searched the home in late May, but spokeswoman Susan Niland on Monday said the state agency couldn’t discuss “potential suspects or specific evidence at this state in the investigation.”

Evidence collected from the Chandler home continues to be evaluated at the TBI lab.

Samantha Chandler was living with her parents in Gruetli-Laager around the time she was killed, Shrum said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 931-692-3466 extension 5. Tips can be emailed to or through Mobile Patrol, a smartphone app available to Grundy County residents that allows users to receive alerts and communicate with the sheriff’s office.