Authorities are asking for the public’s help after a missing persons search became a homicide investigation Tuesday with the discovery of the body of an elderly Clarksville man in Henry County.
The body of Bobby Dozier, 80, of Clarksville was discovered after a two-day search by the Henry County and Calloway County Sheriff’s Departments.
The body of Dozier, who had a lake home in New Concord, was discovered in a heavily wooded area near the Tennessean Golf Course by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Haley Ramos.
At a press conference this morning at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Monte Belew said the death is being investigated as a homicide. He called the announcement “a sad day in Henry County.”
Belew declined to discuss the cause of death because of the ongoing investigation.
The body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville for an autopsy.
The Sheriff’s Department became involved after being contacted by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Department, which was investigating the disappearance of Dozier.
After cell phone tracking technology led officers to Tennessee Trail, officers found Dozier’s dog near a newly constructed boat ramp on Port Road.
After searching until dark Monday, deputies resumed looking for Dozier Tuesday morning, concentrating in the area the dog had been found.
A short time after the search resumed, a white 2010 Ford Focus registered to Dozier was found in the parking lot of Progressive Baptist Church at the intersection of Highway 69 and Rison Street in Paris.
As Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson and other officers began processing that scene for possible evidence, Ramos contacted investigators to tell them that Dozier’s body had been recovered.
“At that time we basically switched gears and turned it into a homicide investigation,” Belew said.
“We do have some positive leads,” he said. “The investigation is ongoing, and will be for the next several weeks.”
The investigation is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and Paris Police Department, as well as the TBI Crime Lab.
Belew asks that anyone who may have seen Dozier or his vehicle since Sunday contact the Sheriff’s Department at 642-1672, or at the department’s hotline at 642-0929.
A substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved in Dozier’s death will be offered, Belew said.
Matt Stowe, district attorney general for the 24th Judicial District, said the thoughts of his office were with Dozier’s family.
He said he approves of the way Belew has handled the direction of the investigation, adding there was “no daylight” between them.
“If anyone thought it was a good idea to commit a crime in the 24th District because we’re busy prosecuting the murders of Wesley Conway or Holly Bobo, I can assure you that is not the case,” Stowe said.
(Courtesy Paris Post Intelligencer)