Update: DA investigating case as a homicide
Officials in the District Attorney's office said on Monday that they were investigating the body found in Jim Miller's burning car as a homicide case. An autopsy was underway Monday afternoon on the remains found in the car's trunk.
Complete statement from Miller family:
Vickie Miller and family wish to thank all those who have expressed their condolonces, and offered their comfort and sympathy upon the loss of her husband, Jim Miller. She asks Jim's friends to share her fond memories of the wonderful man that Jim was.
Jim Miller was a life-long resident of Sweetwater. He was the President of Jim Miller Excavating Co. for over 20 years in environmental remediation of underground petroleum storage tanks and other excavations. Jim served as 1st District Chairman of the Republican Party and recently as the Chairman of the Monroe County Election Commission. Jim was always the first to answer the call of any city, organization, or member of the community in need. He will be sorely missed.
We request that the press and public respect the family's privacy in this time of grief.
Update: Family members report Miller's death, say car belongs to Monroe County GOP official
The burning car discovered by a sheriff's deputy Saturday night belongs to Jim Miller, Election Commission Chairman and First District Chairman for the Monroe County Republican Party, a family member told 10News.
The family member also confirmed Miller had been missing, but said investigators were not sure if it is his body that was discovered in the car's trunk. According to the family, an autopsy will be performed to determine the victim's identity.
Sunday evening, Miller's family released a statement thanking the community for their support.
"Vickie Miller and family wish to thank all those who have expressed their condolences, and offered their comfort and sympathy upon the loss of her husband, Jim Miller. She asks Jim's friends to share her fond memories of the wonderful man that Jim was," the statement reads.
Some community members told 10News that they have heard the body in the car is that of Jim Miller. They also said they were told by people at two separate churches Sunday morning that Miller had been shot. That has not been confirmed by authorities.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating human remains found inside the trunk of a burning vehicle.
Saturday evening, while on patrol, a sheriff's deputy found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames along Sands Road. The deputy requested assistance from the Christianburg Fire Department., who extinguished the fire.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, authorities found human remains inside the trunk of the vehicle after the fire was out.
The Tennessee Bureau if Investigation, the District Attorney's Office, and Tennessee State Bomb and Arson investigators all responded to the scene.
The remains have not yet been positively identified.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (423) 442-3911.