Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Becky Jane Newbold
Managing Editor 

3 Charged When Missing Man's Body Located In Pond

TBI, Lewis County Sheriff lead investigations


April 30, 2020

Courtesy Burt Staggs, TN River Valley News

The home of Kenneth Harter on Allen's Creek Road, cordoned by police tape, after his body was discovered in a pond. A cave behind the home was searched last week where deputies located a small aluminum boat and a line which could be used to pull an occupant across to a wooden structure. Inside the structure were found containers with marijuana plants. The Lewis County Sheriff's Department confiscated eight pounds of marijuana.

Law enforcement from numerous agencies combed more than one hundred acres last Wednesday searching for a man reported missing by his brother.

Late that evening, a tip led them to a shallow pond where they spotted his remains floating near the surface.

Cinder blocks tied to his belt failed to keep the body submerged and the gruesome story had just begun to unfold.

The arrest of Betty Crutchfield on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 was "what set this case off," Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick said Monday.

Crutchfield was taken into custody during a traffic stop by Special Agent Adam Barnes at the intersec...

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