HCSO asks for public's help in investigation into Hawkins murder

Jeff Bobo • Aug 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

CHURCH HILL — As of Wednesday evening, Hawkins County detectives had exhausted almost all of their leads in an investigation into the murder of 48-year-old Regilla Ann Stacy, who was killed Monday.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Detective Lt. Eve Jackson said investigators were hoping someone from the public would come forward with helpful information before the case gets cold.

A preliminary autopsy report on Stacy, who lived at 424 Mountain View School Road, hadn’t been completed as of Wednesday evening, so an exact time of death wasn’t available. So far time of death has been narrowed to between 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Monday while Stacy’s live-in ex-husband, Ricky Wayne Simpson, was away meeting his parole officer in Greeneville.

Simpson, a convicted drug trafficker, reportedly arrived at the residence shortly after 1 p.m. that day and found his wife unresponsive on the kitchen floor.

According to reports, Stacy was beaten so badly about the head that investigators couldn’t confirm she’d also been shot.

There was physical evidence outside the home indicating gunshots were fired, but police were awaiting results of the preliminary autopsy report to confirm how many times she was shot and the official cause of death.

The home Stacy and Simpson shared is located in a very rural section of Hawkins County near the Goshen Valley Community south of Church Hill. It’s a quiet area, Jackson noted, and strangers seldom travel there.

But if someone was in the Mountain View Road or Mountain View School Road area Monday morning and saw anything suspicious, Jackson asks that they come forward. The identity of anyone supplying information will be kept confidential, she said.

“We want to talk to anyone who might have been visiting that area or driving through that area Monday morning,” Jackson said. “Anything they can remember about what they saw, especially other vehicles on the roadway, could be useful. That area has narrow roads, so you’ll get a good look at a vehicle as it goes past you.

“We especially want to know if someone saw a vehicle driving too fast or driving erratically, or acting suspicious in any other way. We also need local residents to report any strange vehicles in the area Monday morning. Anything out of the ordinary, no matter how insignificant it might seem, could be the little scrap of information that points us in the right direction.”

Jackson said she had no doubt that Stacy knew her killer or killers.

The motive for the murder is believed to be burglary and/or theft.

Anyone with information about the murder can make an anonymous tip by calling the HCSO at (423) 272-4848.

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