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Persons Of Interest Identified In Franklin Co. Man's Death

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COWAN, Tenn. – Investigators have identified people they called persons of interest in the homicide of a volunteer firefighter in Franklin County.

The body of 26-year-old Corey Matthews was found over the weekend in a cornfield off Jackson Cemetery Road, just outside Cowan, Tennessee.

Officials said Matthews died of blunt force trauma to the head. They believed he had been targeted and said the murder was not a random act.

The Tullahoma News reported the persons of interest were not from Franklin County. Officials did not say how many people they were looking at or release their names.

Sheriff Tim Fuller was expected to meet with 12th Judicial District Attorney General Michael Taylor to present details of what they learned from the persons of interest.

Matthews was a volunteer firefighter for the Keith Springs Fire Department. His coworkers said they were trying to come to terms with his death.

They said this kind of thing rarely happens.

"It never happens, especially in a small community like we are here in Keith Springs," said fellow firefighter Eric Wilkerson with the Keith Springs Fire Department.

"He had a very caring, compassionate attitude about him. He also took pride in being a volunteer fireman," said firefighter Mark Bassett.

Matthews' Belvidere neighbor Daisy Stevens said he stopped by her home a couple weeks ago with a new smoke detector because her batteries were out.

Just two days later, the new smoke detector alerted her to a fire in the kitchen after she left food on the stove. Stevens said the new detector likely saved her life.

"I don't see why anybody would have done any harm to him," she said.

"I think it's a shame, what has happened to him. He was really a good person, and I don't understand why," said Bassett.

Matthews left behind a wife and two children. Funeral arrangements were scheduled for Friday.

Anyone with information about Matthews' death should call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 931-962-0123.

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