Cannon woman found dead in DeKalb County

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Through fingerprints, investigators have identified a woman found dead Monday morning (Nov. 12) in Smithville as 28-year-old Jessica Renee Stephens of Cannon County, DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said on Tuesday.

Her cause of death will be determined following the completion of an autopsy and toxicology report, Ray said in a press release.

The case remains under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

On Monday, Nov. 12, DeKalb Central Dispatch received a call at 7:50 a.m. of a body lying in a backyard on Parkway Drive in Smithville, the release said.

Officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, agents with the TBI and the 13th District Attorney's Office were summoned to the scene.

Officers at the scene could not produce any photo identification on the body at that time. She was described as a white female, approximately 5'4" inches tall, approximately 120-125 pounds, sandy blonde hair, approximately 30-40 years of age. She was wearing maroon medical scrubs and brown boots.

There was an orange Home Depot jersey, brown jacket and blue shirt at the scene. She also had a pierced belly button, a tattoo of a cross on the back of her neck, and what appeared to be a "M" "W" or "3" tattooed on her right hand.

Anyone with information about the case has been urged to call DeKalb Central Dispatch at 615-215-3000 or TBI tip line at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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