Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Paris Police Department are seeking information on a Paris cold case homicide.
Etta Etheridge was found unresponsive by PPD officers on June 8, 2001, in her home at 322 Rison St.
According to a PPD press release, the scene showed signs of a struggle and Etheridge, who was 72 at the time of her death, showed signs of physical assault.
Information published in the June 25, 2001, edition of The Post-Intelligencer stated that Etheridge died of strangulation. There was also evidence of blunt force trauma to her body.
Her death was ruled as a homicide. At the time, Paris Police Chief Tommy Cooper believed Etheridge knew her killer.
Investigators from the Paris Police Department conducted an extensive joint investigation with TBI agents in the years that followed.
Their efforts are continuing and have led to new evidence and leads in an active and ongoing investigation.
The TBI is now offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Etheridge’s death.
Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.