Death investigation status is updated to possible suicide

Investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office report that preliminary findings indicate the subject of this morning’s death investigation in the area of Pate Pond Road and Union Hill Road died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“While the investigation is still in its early stages, WCSO investigators responded to the scene where they discovered a white female in her twenties deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said WCSO in a statement Monday afternoon. “The victim’s family, who lives in close proximity to where the body was located, just recently moved here from Tennessee and have only been residents of Washington County for a few weeks. Although we are not releasing her name at this time, the next of kin has been notified.”

This is an active investigation. More details will be posted as they become available.


Washington County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed investigators are on scene in the area of Pate Pond Road and Union Hill Road regarding the discovery this morning of a deceased person.

According to WCSO, deputies responded to the scene shortly after 6 a.m. following a 911 call. The sheriff’s office has not yet stated whether the death appears to be the result of foul play.

Investigators are currently processing the scene, and more details will be released as soon as they become available.

Anyone with any information on this or any other investigation is asked to contact WCSO at 850-638-6111. Callers may remain anonymous by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or emailing [email protected].