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TBI seeks help in Hartford man’s death investigation

In Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance in an ongoing investigation into the deaths of two people found inside a burned vehicle in Dyersburg, Saturday, Feb. 2. One of people discovered in the vehicle was a Hartford man.

According to the TBI, in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 2, Special Agents from the TBI, along with authorities from Tennessee Fire Investigative Services and the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department, responded to a report of a burning vehicle in an area off of Great River Road in Dyersburg. There, authorities found a badly burned, silver Ford Edge, believed to be from model year 2018 or 2019. The remains of two people were discovered in the vehicle.

A stock image of the type of vehicle in this investigation has been included below for reference.

During the course of the investigation, authorities further determined the vehicle was a rental from Campbellsville, Kentucky.

The two people were identified as Robert W. Williams, 30, of Hartford, and Samantha Nicole Dial/Hankins, 34, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

In an effort to identify the person, or people, who may know about or be connected to the incident, the TBI is seeking information about anyone who owned a Lotto Sport Italia sweatshirt, collected at the scene, similar to the stock image below.

Agents are also asking for information about anyone who may have suffered unexplained burns or injuries since Feb. 2. This could also include unexplained changes in hairstyles, particularly the length of a person’s hair.

The Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson and the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

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