Authorities investigate death of TV station employee

ARDMORE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a Huntsville, Ala., television station employee whose body was found burned behind her home in Ardmore said pending forensic test results would show if she was murdered.

Police in the state line town that adjoins Ardmore, Ala., said Peggy Jiles, 48, was found in the carport early Thursday morning.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sent its mobile crime scene lab to collect and examine evidence.

"We are still just looking at it as a death investigation ... haven't ruled it a homicide," TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Friday.

Jiles had lived at the home for a few years with her boyfriend, who has spoken to investigators. TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said agents were working with local investigators.

Giles County Sheriff Kyle Helton said Friday he was awaiting results of tests from TBI and the state medical examiner. Ardmore police chief William "Doc

" Oliver said such investigations are rare in the community about 22 miles north of Huntsville. "We hardly ever have anything like that," he said.

Jiles worked at WAAY-TV as a control room operator and was recently promoted to the station's traffic department. She is survived by three children and three grandchildren.

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