Still no arrests in Bolivar death

BOLIVAR, Tenn. (AP) - No arrests have been made in the apparent homicide of a Bolivar woman who received a blow to her head before dying of smoke inhalation earlier this week.

Police have talked to several persons of interest in the death of 46-year-old Margaret Harper who works as a prison guard for the Corrections Corporation of America in Whiteville.

Harper was found dead with her hands bound behind her body in her burning home Sunday morning. Her daughter found her after Harper did not report to work.

Preliminary autopsy reports show that the cause of death was smoke inhalation, but that blunt trauma to the head from an unknown object contributed to her death.

Bolivar Police Chief Johnny Anthony said they have some persons of interest in the case, but said they were not focusing on former or current prisoners who Harper may have worked with.

However, Bolivar police have increased patrols around the Hardeman County Correctional Facility and the Whiteville Correctional Facility.

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