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Officials Says It's 'Premature' To Call Chris Daughtry's Stepdaughter's Death A Homicide

Hannah Marie Price's boyfriend Bobby Jolly was arrested one day after her death, but officials say it's for unrelated charges and that calling her death a homicide is "irresponsible."

By Gina Tron
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Investigators in Tennessee are probing the sudden, recent death Chris Daughtry's stepdaughter and say it’s too early to call her death a homicide.

The Fentress County Sheriff's Office and the Regional Forensic Center began an investigation into the death of Hannah Marie Price, 25, on Friday, a Monday press release from the District Attorney for Tennessee's 8th District states.

“This is a death investigation and any attempt to classify it as a homicide investigation at this time is premature and irresponsible,” the press release, obtained by Oxygen.com, asserts. At least one outlet, tabloid TMZ has suggested she was murdered. 

Price was found dead in her Tennessee home on Thursday. The details surrounding her death is unclear.

Daughtry, who rose to fame after participating in “American Idol,” wrote on Instagram over the weekend that Price's, whom he raised with his wife Deanna Daughtry, “hurts so deeply.”

“I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken,” he wrote, adding “Hannah, I love you. I miss you. I wish I could hold you.”

The singer, who has been nominated for four Grammys, stopped his concert tour as a result of Price’s death.

The press release from the district attorney’s office specifies that nobody has been arrested in connection with Price’s death. Bobby Jolly, Price’s reported boyfriend, was arrested on Friday in Fentress County on unrelated charges, WATE in Knoxville reports.

“He [Jolly] is at our facility for a completely unrelated situation,” Houston Hamblin, the public information officer for Putnam County Sheriff’s Office told the outlet. (Jolly was transferred there over the weekend.)

Jolly was also arrested earlier this year on a charge of aggravated assault following a hit-and-run accident, according to the local outlet.

The death investigation is ongoing and findings will be handed over to the district attorney’s office for evaluation of any possible criminal charges.

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