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Investigators are searching for clues after a “spirited” Tennessee mother was shot and killed at her home earlier this month.
On June 17, authorities responded to a call involving a possible dead body in the back bedroom of a home around Bates Trail Hickman County, according to WKN-TV. Victoria Clay's body was found at the property, having been shot numerous times. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities said they suspect Clay had been killed days before her body was discovered.
Her boyfriend, Jeffrey Clay, has been identified as a person of interest in the investigation, police said. Clay is currently in custody on unrelated charges in Wayne County, Ohio. Investigators said they believe he’ll soon be extradited back to Tennessee where he faces arrest warrants.
No arrests have been made in the case.
Clay attended Middle Tennessee State University, as well as the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and had worked in property management for over a decade, her family said. They described her as a bubbly person with a “beautiful smile.”
"When she walked into a room, everyone listened up because of the smile on her face," Kandace Hullett, Clay’s sister, told WKRN-TV. "She was a very spirited girl from a very young age."
Clay also leaves behind a daughter, who she loved “more than life itself,” her sister added.
The young woman’s family also described her as an animal lover who had a soft spot for horses and dogs.
"She was the person you would see stop all traffic to rescue an old dog in the middle of the highway,” Kandace Hullett said.
Authorities have not stated a potential motive in Clay's murder. No additional information regarding the case was immediately available.
Anyone with information related to Clay’s death is urged to call the Hickman County Sheriff's Office at 931-729-6143 or Hickman County Dispatch at 931-729-6146.
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