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Incarcerated Woman Charged In Death Of Man Found in Barrel In Tennessee

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say an incarcerated woman has been charged in the death of a man whose body was found in a barrel in Tennessee.

News outlets report 25-year-old NaKayla Sullivan is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 30-year-old Thomas Rogers. The Bledsoe County man was reported missing April 19.

County Sheriff Jimmy Morris tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that Sullivan was transferred from Van Buren County custody Thursday after an officer discovered Rogers' body Tuesday. Van Buren County officials say Sullivan was arrested on an unrelated joyriding warrant Saturday.

District Attorney General Mike Taylor says two other suspects are in custody on unrelated charges in Bledsoe County. He says the investigation is still developing.

It is unclear if Sullivan has a lawyer.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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