TBI investigates ‘very cold-blooded’ murder of hunter at rental forest property after victim was shot ‘multiple times at close range’

1 month ago

Benton County news, Tennessee news.

A beloved Benton County hunter was murdered in a “very cold-blooded” incident that shocked the community and the deputies responding to the scene.

The family of 55-year-old Timothy Ring made the grisly discovery of his body Tuesday morning after he didn’t return from a trip to work on a deer stand in the family’s rental forest property.

“He was shot,” BC Sheriff Kenny Christopher said. “I’m going to say multiple shots. It was very gruesome. The fact of where it was, how he was left lying in the woods like that.”

“It’s just tragic that these things happen and you just have to ask yourself over and over ‘why?’”

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    “Ring has lived in this area all of his life,” the sheriff added. “I’ve known him all of his life. I don’t know him having any enemies or anything like that.”

    Christopher continued: “Pretty well thought of in Benton County; Just a good guy, just not the kind of guy that you ever worried about getting into anything. You could leave anything with him. He was honest, hard-working.”

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and local sheriff’s office formed a task force to investigate the case. They have strong leads, the Sheriff said, but they will still need the public’s help.

    “This was very cold-blooded,” Christopher said.