SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. — A man and woman are charged with abuse of a corpse after authorities believe they dumped the body of a woman who died of a drug overdose near a church.
According to Sevier Co. Sheriff Ron Seals, a driver spotted the body of 32-year Marissa R. Sutton of Sevierville, just off Boogertown Road near Oldham's Creek Church on Thursday morning.
Investigators believe Sutton died of a drug overdose at another location and her body was moved.
Seals said Robert S. Holmes, 51, and Amy J. Brumfield, 33, both of Gatlinburg, were arrested on Thursday evening and charged with Abuse of a Corpse.
They are being held in Sevier County Jail pending arraignment in General Sessions Court.
The investigation is continuing and investigators are awaiting final results of the autopsy.
Sevier County officials are investigating after deputies responded to reports of body being found in the 3600 block of Boogertown Road around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, according to Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals.
Officers and EMS arrived on the scene and found a deceased female in the grass near the edge of a parking lot at Oldham’s Creek Church, according to officials.
Investigators from Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and Sevier County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene and are currently working to identify the victim and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, according to SCSO.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, and this article will be updated as we learn more.