Mail carrier finds decomposing body of decapitated man in South Nashville

Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 8:30pm
Staff reports

A mail carrier’s grisly discovery Thursday afternoon has Metro detectives investigating what could be one of the most gruesome murders in recent Nashville history.

The carrier, who had stopped for lunch just before 3:30 p.m., found the partially clothed decomposing body of a decapitated man that police believe had been dumped in a field at 169 Old Hermitage Ave., adjacent to Interstate 40. Evidence at the scene indicated the body had been there for a "period of days," according to Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron.

As of Thursday evening, police were not sure of the race or ethnicity of the man. Aaron said detectives would await further analysis by the medical examiner to gain that information as well as an idea of the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

According to Aaron, the man’s body has several tattoos including the letters “FTW” below a cross on the left shoulder blade. A dragon tattoo was just to the left of the cross, and the left forearm displays a tattoo of a dagger.

On the man’s left ring finger, detectives found what appears to be a silver-and-black ring with the word “DAD” inscribed on it.

Police hope someone will recognize the tattoos or ring and have information regarding the man’s identity. Anyone with such information can call 615-862-7727.

Aaron said a murder in Nashville involving decapitation was “virtually unheard of,” adding that he was only aware of one that happened 20 years ago.