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TBI searching for new leads in 11-year-old cold case

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 23:33:32-05

SPARTA, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation asked for the public’s help in an 11-year-old cold case.

Terry Sullivan, 50, was shot and killed January 16, 2009. He owned a trucking company.

His body was found in his home in Oakland drive. TBI says Sparta Police told them Sullivan was last seen by his parents around 6 p.m that day.

"The family wants to know what happened, we want to help provide that for them so it’s really in everybody’s best interest for us to be able to get as much information we have," said TBI Spokesperson Susan Niland.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from Sullivan’s wife Cheryl around 9 p.m. when she came home and found the body. More than a decade later and still no answers as to why this happened.

"We know that the families want, I don’t want to say its closure, but they want to get some sort of answers to what happened," said Niland, "Sometimes it takes one person who has one little nugget of information that can turn it around and we’re just hoping that somebody might know some information about some of these cases."

For more than a decade, the case has gone cold. Agents have made no arrests and are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-TBI- FIND or email TipsToTBI@tn.gov