MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. – A Cannon County woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of her mother, whose body was found on the side of the road in Millersville last week.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation took 40-year-old April Stowe into custody early Thursday morning. She was charged with one count of first degree murder in connection with the death of her mother, 61-year-old Valerie Jean McFadden.
McFadden's body was discovered along the side of Woody Lane in Millersville on the morning of June 23.
Authorities believe McFadden was killed at the home the two women shared on Paschal Road in Readyville, and then Stowe dumped her mother’s body on the side of the road in Millersville.
"It's awful. It's just awful. I can't believe anybody would do it,” said neighbor Helen Paschal.
Millersville's Fire Chief discovered McFadden's body on June 23. It took some time to discover she belonged more than seventy-miles away and that Stowe could be responsible.
"It's very rural out there. It's very isolated and we believe at this point that, that's where the body wound up obviously and we're trying to figure out exactly why,” said Josh DeVine with the TBI.
The TBI said the circumstances surrounding the crime, including cause of death and motive, remained under investigation.
"It's a first-degree murder charge, which is a very serious charge here in the state of Tennessee, and suffice it to say, we think we have the evidence to go ahead and charge her with that at this point," DeVine added.
Stowe was booked into the Cannon County Jail on $1-million bond.
An obituary said McFadden was a veteran who served in the United States Army. At the time of her death, she was an acting supervisor with the United State Postal Service. She had worked for the USPS for 27 years.
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