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Police: Body In Sinkhole Was Missing Overton Co. Woman

Jennifer Cornell Jennifer Cornell

CELINA, Tenn. - Search and rescue crews found the body of a woman who police believe disappeared Thursday.

Investigators believe the woman is Jennifer Cornell.

The 30-year-old woman was laying in a 30-foot sinkhole in Clay County.

Cornell's former boyfriend was charged with kidnapping her, but not her murder.

"I'll never forget her.  I'll always think of her, but I'm just glad we found her," said Cornell's father, Keith Hughes.

Cornell was reported since Thursday. She disappeared from her home in Overton County.

Police found her car still running with her purse inside. They arrested Jason Hancock Thursday night and charged him with kidnapping her.

Sources close to the investigation said the vehicle belonged to Hancock.

More than 16 years ago, Hancock and Cornell apparently had a relationship. They have a 16-year-old daughter.

Hancock's mother-in-law Jean White said he was recently asked to pay child support. She said he also took a paternity test.

"It showed up that it was his kid.  So, I don't know what went on beyond that," she said.

Police call Hancock a person of interest in Cornell's murder. He lives less than a quarter mile from the sinkhole.

"It has really upset the family.  We don't understand, and I can't see Jason doing something like this," Hughes said.

Police sent evidence collected near the body in the sinkhole, Cornell's car and two of Hancock's vehicles to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for testing.

Hancock has not been charged with Cornell's murder. He is being held without bond on the kidnapping charge.

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