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Police issue new details in model's death

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By Nick Kenney - bio | email

BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - Bartlett police released new information about the disappearance and death of 29-year-old Lisa Renee Davis at a press conference Wednesday.

(Watch the full press conference in the video player on this page.)

Tuesday afternoon, a man shot himself to death as Bartlett police were about to question him about the disappearance of Davis. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Shular identified the man as 21-year-old Austin Agee of Lakeland.

Wednesday, Bartlett Police Insp. Jeff Cox confirmed that Agee was one of several people that spent Saturday night with Davis on Beale Street, eventually dropping her off at her home in Bartlett sometime around 2:00am Sunday. 

She was reported missing by employees at Bumpus Harley Davidson when she did not show up for work later Sunday afternoon.  From the moment police learned of Davis' disappearance, Cox said, detectives moved quickly.

"It was a non-stop investigation that moved rather rapidly," he said.

After interviewing all of the people last seen with Davis, Bartlett police developed Agee as a person of interest in the case.

"His body language and the way he was acting and the way he presented himself made the detectives feel like he was hiding something," Cox said.

Detectives also received reports Agee was burning items around his house. Officials have not yet determined what those things might be.

Investigators were at Agee's residence Tuesday to interview him again when he used a 'long gun' to commit suicide.  Alongside Agee's body, detectives found a note that said he was sorry for what he had done, and detailed where officers would find Davis' body.

"He apologized," Cox said. "He said that it just got out of hand. That's all he said. It was very blanket."

Davis' body was found a short time later, behind a church not far from Agee's residence. In his note, Agee described the area as a place where he sometimes rode four-wheelers at.

When it was found, Davis' body was covered by a camouflage jacket.  Investigators said the body displayed signs of trauma, but wouldn't elaborate.  They haven't determined exactly how Davis died, or if she was sexually assaulted, and are awaiting the medical examiner's report.

"We do have DNA and forensics that we're examining," Cox said. "As soon as we can get a report, we'll know more about that."

Investigators believe Agee returned to Davis' house after he was dropped off.  There's no sign of forced entry, so they don't know how he got into her house.

And, Cox said, they don't have the answer to two pressing questions:

"Did he act alone? Did somebody help him?"

Cox said Agee and Davis knew each other through mutual friends, including her employer, Bumpus Harley Davidson.

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