Police: No foul play in death of missing woman, stepfather

Monday, June 21, 2010 at 5:14pm
Staff reports

Police said autopsies showed no signs of foul play in the deaths of the mentally challenged woman and her stepfather, who went missing Wednesday.

A release from the department stated that the Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting toxicology and other lab test results before establishing what caused the deaths of Jamella Finnie, 31, and her 51-year-old stepfather, Craig Townsend.

Their bodies were found slumped in a car at the Nippers Corner Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot Sunday morning.

Gwen Townsend, Finnie’s mother, reported her daughter missing last week after Craig Townsend dropped his wife off at another Walmart on Nolensville Pike. Finnie, who was mentally challenged and suffered from hypoglycemia and seizures, was a passenger in the car.

Police issued a release last week asking for the public’s help in finding Finnie after, according to police, Gwen Townsend told them she went in to shop at the Walmart at 5824 Nolensville Pike and when she came out, her husband and daughter were gone.

Police said the family lived on Hill Road near Nippers Corner.

The police investigation continues.