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Woman Victim Of 'Brutal Murder' At Counseling Center After Facilitating Group Session

Melissa Hamilton's husband was worried when he woke up Wednesday morning to find his wife not at home. She was found a short time later by the authorities at the counseling center where she worked.

By Gina Tron
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Investigators in Tennessee are trying to determine who killed a woman at a counseling center not long after she facilitated a group counseling session there.

Melissa Hamilton, 50, was found dead Wednesday inside Crossroads Counseling in Madison, where she worked as the assistant director, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a press release.

She facilitated a group counseling session Tuesday night which ended at 7:30 p.m. 

“It was not uncommon for her to conduct individual counseling following the group session,” police noted.

Her husband woke up at 6 a.m. the next day to find that she had not come home. Worried, he called police.

“Responding officers found Hamilton’s body a short time later inside the business with obvious signs of trauma,” police stated, adding that her Ford Focus “was found parked near the front door of the business.”

Hamilton’s body was found in a counseling room in a back office area of the business, local outlet WZTV. While not yet clear how she was killed, police describe her death as a “brutal murder” in their press release.

It’s unclear if investigators have zeroed in on any suspects or persons of interest.

Hamilton is a mother of two. Her husband told the Tennessean she had no enemies.

"That's why we can't figure out what happened," he said, calling his slain spouse “funny and loved."

The counseling center provides domestic violence and alcohol and drug treatment counseling for county residents and she reportedly dedicated her time to helping others.

“She was a sweet lady, she did not deserve this,” Hamilton’s former patient Heather Butterworth told WZTV.

Investigators are trying to track down surveillance footage that could lead to clues as to what happened.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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