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Metro police ID woman found shot, killed in creek

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Dec 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-25 18:42:56-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro police have identified a woman who was found dead in a creek Wednesday with at least one gunshot wound.

By using her fingerprints, police determined the victim was 31-year-old Starlena Sullivan of Nashville.

A passerby discovered the remains of a woman in Drake Branch Creek near the 4000 block of Fairview Drive in northwest Nashville, said Metro police.

The Forensic Science Center determined Thursday that Sullivan died due to a gunshot wound.

Sullivan was a Black woman with short hair, found wearing black Adidas jogging pants with white stripes, a black coat over a Father Ryan sweater and a black Vanderbilt sweatshirt underneath. She was also wearing a purple domestic violence awareness month bracelet.

Forensic evidence showed Sullivan had surgery on her right arm and had had brain surgery as well. Metro police said the victim "appeared to have died some days ago."

Anyone with information about Sullivan is asked to call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.


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