Eight-year-old girl finds her mother murdered in Millington - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Eight-year-old girl finds her mother murdered in Millington

The victim's body was discovered just before 9:00 a.m. The victim's body was discovered just before 9:00 a.m.

With crime scene tape surrounding the beige brick house, and police cars covering Wells Road, investigators are trying to solve a murder after a young mother was found dead on her living room floor.

According to investigators, the child found her mother in the living room of their duplex in the 8600 block of Wells just before 9:00 a.m.  When the child could not wake her mother up, she contacted a neighbor who called police.

She spent the rest of the morning close by. Not only with neighbors, but also with police officers.

In search of evidence, investigators poured in and out of the house and up and down the street.

"Whoever done it, if they hadn't caught him, I wish they would, could. That's it. Whoever it was done it, I hate they done it," neighbor Maurice Hall said.

With concerned neighbors nearby, Millington Police said they doubt this murder was a random act. Instead investigators put out an all points bulletin for Vernon McNeil. He was the woman's boyfriend and is described as a person of interest.

"We're familiar with this person and we're attempting to locate him at this time," Chief Rick Jewell of the Millington Police Department said.

Neighbors said they did not know the people who lived in the beige house well.

In fact, they said they just moved in late last year.

Regardless, they are concerned. Not only about Wells Road, but also for the young girl who found her mom murdered.

Police said they believe Vernon McNeil is armed.

They said they are confident he'll be caught, that it's only a matter of time.

Authorities have not released the identity of the victim, or how she died.


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