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Tullahoma Mother Found Deceased Inside Car

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. - Police have identified the body of a woman that was found inside an abandoned car on a rural Franklin County road on Monday morning.

Sheriff's investigators said the body of 23-year-old Kayla D. Qualls was found around 11 a.m. inside a red 2000 Ford Explorer on Spring Creek Road.

The Tullahoma woman had two children ages three and four. According to Qualls' Facebook page she worked at Calsonic in Shelbyville.

Two hunters spotted Qualls' vehicle and thought it looked out of place.

"They got out to obviously look and what they discovered was not right and actually turned out to be a body in the back of a Ford Explorer," Sheriff Tim Fuller told NewsChannel 5.

The hunters discovered the SUV down a tree line, off of the road.

"We feel certain that the homicide didn't happen where the vehicle was found," the Sheriff said.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Qualls died of blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators have ordered an autopsy. Detectives from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were also called to the scene.

Sheriff Fuller is hopeful someone may have seen something out of the ordinary along Sugar Creek Road Monday morning.

"We get this quite often, 'I don't want to be involved,' or 'I don't want to get involved.' What if it's your family? What if it's your daughter? Now do you want to be involved." Sheriff Fuller asked.

He said the smallest piece of information could have a significant impact on the investigation.

Anyone having information regarding this crime was asked to contact 1-800-TBI-FIND or Crime Stoppers at 931-962-INFO.

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