Metro Water crew finds body of Shelbyville man; Suspect on TBI Most Wanted List sought for questioning

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Posted at 9:43 PM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-14 18:30:32-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The body of a young Shelbyville man was found by a Metro Water Services crew on Friday morning on 35th Avenue N. near Charlotte Avenue.

Detectives believe the man, identified as 22-year-old James William Warner, was driven to the area, shot and killed, then left in the street.

On Saturday, Metro police said they were searching for 25-year-old Samuel Earl Rich for questioning in Warner's murder. Rich was recently added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted List after he was accused of shooting a woman in Bedford County, where he's wanted on attempted murder and theft charges.

Samuel Earl Rich
Samuel Earl Rich

Rich is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.