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Two Persons Of Interest Developed In Franklin County Murder

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by Heather Graf

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - Investigators said they've identified two persons of interest in the death of a young mother from Tullahoma.  Kayla Qualls was found murdered inside her SUV on Monday morning, just a few miles across the county line.

That's why the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is taking the lead in the case.

The sheriff told NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday that he does not yet want to release the names of those two persons of interest, but said his detectives have questioned both of them.  He said they are getting closer and closer to an arrest.

Qualls' home on East Lincoln Street in Tullahoma was quiet on Tuesday, much like it was the entire time she lived here, with her boyfriend and her two young children.

"I've never seen her, they were always by themselves or gone," said neighbor Angela Taylor.  "I seen[sic] the kids a couple times playing in the yard, but that was it.  She's got two adorable children,  she really, really does."

The fact that she's a mother made it tough for anyone to see the scene that unfolded on Monday on Spring Creek Road in Franklin County.

That's where two hunters found Kayla's red Ford Explorer, and her body crumpled in the back.

On Tuesday, detectives with the Franklin County Sheriff's office focused their attention on General Street in Coffee County.

They said it's possible the two persons of interest they've developed might have ties there, or that someone might have seen Kayla during her last hours of life and might know some small detail that could lead investigators to her killer.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with Kayla Qualls' father Tuesday afternoon.  He was too shaken up to speak on-camera, but said Kayla's death has taken its toll on the entire family, as well as the boyfriend she lived with in Tullahoma.

Their biggest concern right now, he said, are Kayla's children, who are just three and four years old.

Investigators said Kayla died from blunt force trauma to the head. 


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