Victim Identified In Mount Juliet Murder, Search For Suspect Continues
MT. JULIET, Tenn. – Police have identified the woman who was found shot to death inside a car at a storage facility in Mt. Juliet early Thursday morning.
The body of 35-year-old Sara A. McPherson, of Mt. Juliet, was found inside a car at the U-Stor-It storage facility on Central Pike, near S. Mt. Juliet Road by an officer on patrol around 1:15 a.m.
"As he got closer he noticed there was someone in the vehicle. He got closer and noticed that there was a dead body," Sgt. Tyler Chandler.
McPherson was found in the driver's seat with at least one gunshot wound, but the exact location was not released. The coroner said it appeared the woman was killed sometime after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
On Friday, detectives spend several hours combing through McPherson's home, searching for clues about why may have wanted her dead.
"A lot of detectives, a lot of police cars," one neighbor told NewsChannel 5. "There were about 6 or 6 police cars, and the detectives all had gloves on, and they were here a long time."
Police are investigating it as a homicide, but said it is not a random killing. The Lebanon Police Department's Forensic Unit was called in to assist Mt. Juliet Police with the investigation.
Police said McPherson was not an employee of the storage facility, and there was no indication that she was looking at a storage unit.
"This was a rude wake-up call this morning," said U-Stor-It owner Joshua Hawks. "To me it's just like being told that it's happening in your front yard. I mean, you just don't ever expect to wake-up to something like that."
No arrests have been made, but investigators were working on leads.
On Friday, police said they want to speak with anyone who may have had contact with her in the days before her death.
"Conversations they had could be something that could help our investigation," said Chandler. "So we are hoping if there's anyone out there who talked to Sara recently, to call our police department."
That number is (615) 754-2550.
Court records confirm McPherson was going through a divorce. NewsChannel 5 asked police whether her husband may be a suspect in her murder.
At this point, investigators would only say they've interviewed multiple people, but have not yet identified a person of interest.