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TBI agents work to identify body found in cotton field

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Agents are trying to piece together clues about how the body got to the area. Agents are trying to piece together clues about how the body got to the area.
FAYETTE COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Officers are working to identify a nearly unrecognizable body they just recovered early Monday morning.

Somerville police and the TBI scoured a wooded area near Highway 64 and Jones Creek in Fayette County all night Sunday and into the morning Monday.

Agents are trying to piece together clues about how the body got to the area.

Exclusive video shows the body of what is believed to be a man being taken from the woods along Highway 64 near Jones Creek.

Shortly after the body was removed, the TBI hauled away a Buick LaSabre with Tennessee tags.

TBI officials say that car will be the key to finding out the identity of the body.

"We are checking to see who the owner, occupant of the vehicle is, and of course that's a lead we will follow up," says TBI spokesperson Kristin Helm.

This investigation began when the land owner noticed the suspicious car and called deputies.

Deputies soon called the TBI.

The DA says it is still too early to tell whether the cause of death was homicide, suicide, or natural causes.

"We're not going to be able to determine who this person is because the remains were so badly decomposed. The remains are being sent to the medical examiner's office in Memphis. They're going to have to use dental records to ID the individual," adds Helm.

The TBI wouldn't confirm whether or not the body found was that of a missing person.

At this point, they say it is even too early to rule out foul play.

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