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Metro police: Man wanted for questioning in woman's murder now in custody

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Posted at 1:22 PM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 09:15:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Metro police say the man wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Pamela Paz is now in custody.

Police say 31-year-old Robert Johnson was reportedly Paz’s boyfriend at the time of her death. Her body was found at 6 a.m. Sunday in a small parking area on Pennington Bend Road near Opryland.

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Robert Johnson

The medical examiner determined that Paz died from apparent strangulation.

Police said Johnson declined to be interviewed by homicide detectives. He was charged with failure to appear in an unrelated case. The investigation remains ongoing.

Paz's daughter, Kendall Smith, said she was a single mother of four; she had two sons and two daughters. Smith says her 11-year-old and 10-year-old brothers are currently in foster care.

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Pamela Paz

Smith is focusing on raising money for her mother’s memorial and funeral through a GoFundMe page. If you are able to help, click here to donate.

"Since she wasn't able to leave the earth peacefully, I want to lay her down peacefully because I believe it's the least she deserves," said Smith.

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