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Detectives Get New Lead In Decades Old Tennessee Cold Case

posted: 01/15/16
by: Jared Kaplan
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On March 28, 1990, Giles County, Tennessee resident Larry Hughes was reported missing by his wife. Sixteen days later, his naked body was discovered in a dump. The hardware store owner had been shot in the head.

Now, over twenty-five years later, a new clue in this cold case could be the break the Hughes family has been waiting for.

According to local Fox News affiliate WBRC, Giles County investigators reopened the cold case last year after blood was found in the former home of Hughes. This week, detectives had Hughes' body exhumed for a DNA sample. They hope they can match the blood and other items collected in 1990 to his DNA to help close in on his killer. His wife, 69-year-old Mary Ann Hughes, is a suspect.

"I'm not going to quit until this case is solved, and I hope that they realize that, too," Lt. Shane Hunter with the Giles County Sheriff's Office told WBRC. "That justice is coming and we're not going to wait another 25 years."

Anyone with information about Larry Hughes' murder should call the district attorney's office or the Giles County Sheriff's Office.


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