Hermitage man sought for questioning after wife's murder

Posted at 3:19 PM, Jan 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 23:41:08-05

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police are looking for a man following the murder of his wife in Hermitage on Saturday.

Officers are searching for Ronald Dickens, 42, for questioning. His wife, Shawnton Clay, 30, was found dead at the couple's Avalon Apartments home around 4:30 pm.

Clay's family and friends say she did not show up for work Saturday. No one had heard from her throughout the day. Her family then forced entry into her apartment and found her dead with obvious trauma.

A medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.

Dickens was not at the apartment. No one has been able to contact him. Clay's family says the couple was in the process of divorce or annulment.

Clay's black Toyota Camry and keys were missing. Police believe Dickens may be driving the car. The license number is T4522V.

Anyone with information should contact police immediately at 615-862-8600.