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November 1st, 2008, 10:49 AM
HILHAM, Tenn. - The search continues for a missing woman near Standing Stone State Park in Overton County.
The Overton County Office of Emergency Management and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency along with law enforcement, friends and relatives are looking for Jennifer Cornell.
Her loved ones said Cornell has been missing since Thursday morning. The engine was running when her vehicle was found Friday morning.
Rescue crews said many as 200 people plan to search the park again for Cornell Saturday morning.
Jason Hancock was arrested Friday in Clay County. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping. He is being held without bond pending hearing next week.
Authorities believe Hancock dated Cornerll about 16 years ago.
Cornell never showed up for work on Thursday morning. Investigators found her abandoned car still running near her home.
About 100 volunteers searched the state park for Cornell. Authorities think Hancock may have taken her there.
The search will continue in Saturday morning. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Overton County Sheriff's Office at 931-823-5635.
*Jennifer's body was found and her death is being ruled a homicide.*
November 1st, 2008, 10:51 AM
That is awful! I hope she is returned for her family.
How did they connect him to the crime?
November 1st, 2008, 10:56 AM
They have a child together. Their son goes to school with me daughter. Apparently, they have an on/off relationship and things were pretty bitter. He has been named a "POI" as he was the last one with her and he has no alibi.
November 1st, 2008, 11:16 AM
Aw, this is horrible. I hope she's found safe, but it doesn't sound very good.
God be with her and her family.........
November 1st, 2008, 11:21 AM
Oh, this does not sound good, I hope I'm wrong. With the car still running when they found it sounds like she didn't have a chance to react. Oh poor woman, prayers are with her family. I'm sorry to say but sounds like the Usual Suspect.
November 2nd, 2008, 04:56 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The father of a missing woman made a tearful plea Saturday for information about his missing daughter. The search for Jennifer Cornell shifted Saturday from land to water.
Authorities have also arrested and charged the man they say might have put her there. Dusk brought an additional challenge to the already murky waters of standing stone: the one place Jennifer Cornell's father hopes she isn't.
"I'd like to find her take her if he ain't done something with her. Where I can take her, get her to a hospital and get some help," said Keith Hughes, Cornell's Father.
Loved ones are hopeful the 30-year-old mother of two, missing since Thursday, is still alive somehow, somewhere in this massive and dense state park.
Investigators have arrested a suspect in Jennifer's disappearance. His name is Jason Hancock, of Overton County. He is the missing woman's ex-boyfriend, and biological father of Jennifer's eldest child. Right now, Hancock is only charged with aggravated kidnapping.
The family has this message for Hancock.
"I would like to ask Jason's family and stuff if they can talk to him, and get him to tell them where my daughter's at," said Hughes.
Charges could escalate to murder if dive teams find what a remote controlled camera could not.
Searchers are zeroed-in at the base of the dam.
"This morning, when we took the dog out, it was interested, but it didn't really hit," said W.B. Melton, Overton County Sheriff.
An exhaustive land search Saturday turned up nothing, but an unheard of 278 volunteers scoured forest and footpath for any sign of life or death.
"They're just searching like 200 feet off the road into the wooded areas, fields, so forth so forth," said Rhonda Roberts, Overton County Rescue Squad Unit Director.
Friends call Jennifer Cornell a tough woman, a fighter. But even the most optimistic folks know time isn't in Jennifer's favor. Jennifer Cornell is married with two teenage children. Some say she and ex-boyfriend, Jason Hancock may have been squabbling about past-due child support. Jennifer's father confirms Jason Hancock is behind on support payments.
Investigators have not said anything about what Hancock is saying or whether he's cooperating, but he has reportedly shared nothing about knowledge of Jennifer Cornell's whereabouts.
Searchers will be back out at 8:00 Sunday morning. They are asking for more volunteers.
All you have to do is meet at the shelter just below the dam inside "Standing Stone State Park."
November 3rd, 2008, 02:13 AM
She may have been found.
Sunday morning, rescuers found a female body in Overton County, about 107 miles northeast of Nashville and near the home of the man police believe is responsible for her disappearance.
The official word hasn't been released, but Keith Hughes feels very strongly that the female's body found in a sinkhole in Overton County, is his daughter, 30- year-old Jennifer Cornell.
November 3rd, 2008, 07:44 AM
I didn't have the heart to update it. This case is personal for me.
November 3rd, 2008, 09:48 PM
November 3rd, 2008, 11:14 PM
I'm so sorry for her and her family. My prayers will be with them tonight.
November 5th, 2008, 04:55 PM
The body has been confirmed to be her.
November 5th, 2008, 05:12 PM
I didn't have the heart to update it. This case is personal for me.
I'm very sorry Justme. You're in my thoughts.
November 6th, 2008, 10:05 AM
Thank you Boo. I will not tell how she died at this moment but I am asking for a hammer to beat this guy with. Please say prayers for her 2 children. Her daughter especially as she lost her mom to her bio-dad.Her wake is this afternoon. The funeral will be held tomorrow.Here is some more news:
June 25th, 2009, 10:07 AM
Jason Hancock, already charged with kidnapping an Overton County woman last fall, has now been charged with murdering her and abusing the corpse.
The grand jury issued a four-count indictment against Hancock, who has been in jail since his arrest last November on an Overton County charge that he kidnapped Jennifer Cornell, whose body was found in a sinkhole near Hancock's home in Clay County a few days after she went missing.
The grand jury indicted the 34-year-old Hancock for first degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, and abuse of a corpse.
Reportedly, the long delay between the original kidnapping charge -- placed last fall in Overton County -- and the new charges was due to lengthy crime lab studies, the results of which will be evidence in the case.
Her husband, Steve Cornell, told investigators that she had been in a dispute with Jason Hancock over child support for her daughter.
On the Sunday following her disappearance on Thursday, her body was found in a sinkhole in Clay County not far from where Hancock lived with his wife and children.
Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge later testified at a preliminary hearing that the body was only partially clothed, that bloody leaves and sticks were found around and inside the sinkhole, and that Cornell had suffered broken bones and massive head injuries. An autopsy report said the cause of death was "blunt force trauma."
The Clay County grand jury's indictments give no details of the allegations, saying only that Hancock "removed or confined" Cornell, that he "interfered substantially with her liberty," caused her "serious bodily injury," killed her "with premeditation" and did so "in the perpetration of a kidnapping," and that he "physically mistreated a corpse in a manner offensive to the sensibilities of an ordinary person."
June 25th, 2009, 01:12 PM
My sympathies to family, friends and especially her daughter who will always have an empty space in her heart now always missing her mother.
Rest in peace Jennifer Cornell.
June 25th, 2009, 01:36 PM
July 7th, 2009, 01:27 PM
Thank you for updating this. I bought a new computer and I'm glad to be back on here. I'm glad that this case is moving forward but it's taking a toll on me.My husband thinks I'm going crazy as I've cried off & on since he was finally indicted. It means justice hopefully will finally be served for Jennifer.
July 7th, 2009, 04:12 PM
I'm certain you are going crazy. That's not an insult.
I cannot imagine losing someone you love like this.
I have a missing ex-coworker, but it just isn't the same, is it?
But yeah, I feel you are ALLOWED to go crazy.
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