MUNFORD, TN (WMC) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said someone killed the Munford woman investigators found dead in her house February 17.
Investigators went to the home of 72-year-old Anita Rieben because she had missed an appointment that day. Police were asked to check on her, but when they arrived they found her dead. District Attorney General Mike Dunavant asked TBI to investigate the death.
March 3, TBI announced Rieben's death was a homicide.
Family members said Rieben was fighting cancer when she was killed. The grandmother and mother of four was approaching her last cancer treatment before criminals decided to end her life.
"Hurt, confused," Rieben's son Gerald Rhodes said.
Rhodes said he can't imagine why someone would want to kill his mother.
"I don't know why you did it. I think it was totally senseless," Rhodes said.
Rhodes said his mother was beating cancer for a second time, and it was a cancer treatment she missed that raised alarms.
"It was that third cancer treatment that she missed that caused them to do the wellness check on her," Rhodes said.
Family members said Rieben appeared to be on her way to beating cancer for a third time. This cancer fighter and survivor was walking around on her own and appeared to be doing a lot better.
"She had went for two treatments and they told her one or two more because she was responding so well and she would be done. She'd be cancer free again," Rhodes said.
But those celebration and joyous days all ended when her body was found inside her Munford home last month. A life she had fought so hard for had been taken.
"It tugs at your heart strings," Rhodes said.
As the investigation developed, law enforcement agents learned that witnesses saw a red Chevy Colorado truck near Rieben's home on Reeder Street around the time of her death.
The car is a mid-sized truck with unique rims and possible damage to one of the bumpers.
If you have seen this car or have other information about Rieben's death, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.