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Man held on parole violation named as 'suspect' in Tenn. quadruple homicide

Deputy District Attorney Gary McKenzie says the person of interest, who is in police custody in connection to four bodies found slain in a car in a quiet Tennessee community, has a long criminal history.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Friday took a suspect into custody in connection with the slaying of a woman and three teenage males.

Jacob Allen Bennett, 26, had previously been characterized by officials as a “person of interest” in the case, but has since been taken into custody for violating parole.

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Jacob Allen Bennett, 26, is seen in a booking photo released by the Cumberland County Sheriff Department in Crossville, Tenn.

“He has not been charged with the murders at this time,” Kristin Helm, public information officer of the TBI, told NBC News in an email.

Police identified the victims as Danielle Jacobson, 22, who was the driver, and passengers Steven Presley, 17, Dominic Davis, 17, and John Lajeunesse, 16. Their bodies were discovered in a car Thursday morning on Renegade Mountain, about 100 miles east of Nashville.

The deaths have shaken the mostly retired residents of the Renegade Mountain community, in a 3,000-acre, densely wooded area in the tiny city of Crab Orchard. A resident discovered the bodies on the way to work on Thursday morning. The car was on an unpaved road about 100 feet off the main road, according to John Moore, president of the Renegade Mountain Community Club.

Bennett is currently being held at Cumberland County Jail in Crossville, Tenn.

Tim Ghianni of Reuters contributed to this report.

 

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Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigate the discovery of four bodies in a vehicle on Thursday near Crab Orchard, Tenn.

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