New Lead In Murder Mystery Along I-24
by Nick Beres
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - The widow of a murder victim is hoping a new lead will help get someone to come forward to break the case.
"I think about it all the time. I'm consumed with it," said Angela Warpoole.
Her husband of nearly 20-years was found murdered in his Dodge Magnum on December 15 at the Almaville Road/Smyrna exit along I-24.
"We pray every day that the detectives will find something new," said Warpoole, who worries the case could become cold.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputies said that someone shot Jackie Warpoole in the head through the driver's side window on the shoulder of the interstate in the early morning hours. Warpoole had left his Smyrna home early that morning and even his wife does not know why.
"He was just getting up early. I sleep with earplugs. I didn't hear a thing," said Warpoole.
Detectives think learning where he went is a key to the case. NewsChannel 5 has learned that Warpoole's cellphone has helped pinpoint his general location before the murder.
Detectives said Warpoole appears to have been driving around the city of Murfreesboro between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m. They now want to know if anyone remembers seeing him there the morning of December 15th.
Angela Warpoole has released additional new photographs of her husband to the media hoping someone will remember seeing him.
"There's a lot of frustration, but I'm trying to remain optimistic," said Warpoole.
A $15,000 reward remains in place for information that solves the case. Detectives said they badly need new tips from possible witnesses.
They are currently exploring several theories including the possibility that this was a case of road rage. In fact, they have consulted with authorities in Pennsylvania who are investigating a similar case.
The victim's family hopes to keep the story in the public eye. They plan to have a digital billboard about the case up on I-24 at Bell Road.