Technology opens up new leads in Giles County, TN murder case

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – It has been more than 18 months since beloved businessman Jim Grimes has been shot and killed on his Lynnville property. However, new advances in technology have convinced investigators that the missing piece to solving the homicide lies in their small Giles County community.

“Whether it’s getting rid of evidence or helping, we know these people exist now, and with this information there will obviously be interviews to come in the near future,” Lt. Shane Hunter said. of the Giles County Sheriff’s Department. 2.

What began as a Giles County homicide investigation has grown into a relentless effort with agencies across the country, including the FBI and Homeland Security.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and the countless hours people have put in are just astronomical,” Hunter said.

Investigators remain hopeful that there will soon be a resolution for those close to Grimes with developments in areas such as genealogy and DNA analysis, as well as technology resources stretching across the world playing a vital role.

“Like commercial satellites in orbit,” Hunter explained. “Find out if these satellites were actually nearby when this crime happened and get images from these commercial satellites.”

These satellites are part of the tools that help investigators pin down the events that took place in Lynnville on April 19, 2021.

“We are just a few seconds away. I’m not talking about minutes, I’m talking about seconds. That’s how tight that deadline is in this case,” the lieutenant pointed out.

Hunter said authorities believe those responsible for Grimes’ death have ties in the community that can help close the case, which has been detrimental to the Grimes family, as well as their neighbors.

“Obviously Lynnville is a very tight-knit community, and it has overwhelming effects on the community knowing if there is still a murderer among the community,” he said.

The Giles County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement regarding this homicide case this week:

On the evening of April 19, 2021, beloved community member and business owner Jim Grimes stepped out to feed the animals on his Lynnville property. It was at this point that Jim was shot and died from his injuries.

Lynnville is a close-knit community and we take care of each other. What happens to one is felt by all. Our community, especially the Grimes family, deserves answers. Giles County Sheriff’s Office investigators and our federal partners are working diligently on this case and following up on every lead and tip we receive. We continue to use all available investigative methods, technologies and resources to achieve our unified goal of obtaining justice for Jim’s family and friends.

To protect the integrity of the investigation, we are unable to share specific details at this time, however, based on the investigation to date, we are saddened to inform you that we believe the or the people responsible for Jim’s death are members of our small community. Additionally, investigators continue to review and test evidence, and recent advances in technology have allowed us to develop new lines of inquiry. As many of you have probably seen in the media lately, developments in areas such as genealogy and DNA analysis have solved many more cases. We remain hopeful that these new technologies will lead to a resolution for Jim’s loved ones.

Investigators are also continuing to conduct interviews related to this case. We thank those who have already been interviewed, as we plan to speak to you again and appreciate your patience. For those with whom we have not yet interacted, we believe that your information is valuable and should be shared. We believe that people familiar with the circumstances surrounding this case remain in our community.

Sometimes people who have knowledge to begin with don’t come forward because they may not have realized the importance of the information at the time. Additionally, due to their close relationship with those who may have been involved, they may have been reluctant to speak to law enforcement. We recognize that relationships change over time, as do people and their perspectives. Also, there are times when people are put into a situation unknowingly by the responsible person(s). Rest assured that we have the ability to identify those who have been inadvertently involved.

We seek your cooperation; it’s not too late to show up. For people who may have information about this incident who have not yet spoken to law enforcement or who believe their information may be trivial, please contact us, even anonymously, and allow law enforcement to order to make this decision.

We have a designated phone line for you to share your information.

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Anyone who may have information about this homicide case is asked to contact authorities at 931-638-2358 or 1-800-TBI-Find. You can remain anonymous.

There is also another $1 million information reward this leads to condemnation in connection with Grimes’ death.

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