• Back Road Mysteries Staff

Who brutally murdered 73 year-old Tennessee widow Pat Collins in 2013?

By all accounts, 73-year-old widow Patricia Collins was an unlikely murder victim. She and her husband had moved to the small Tennessee community of Manchester after they retired, because he thought it would be a "safe place for Pat if anything happened to him.

Something did happen. Her husband, Ralph, died of cancer and Pat decided to sell their home and return back home to Florida to be near her two brothers and her sister,

On October 17, 2013 Collins’ body was discovered in her rural Coffee County home.

Due to the state of the home and the way her body was discovered, it was quickly determined she was a victim of homicide. An autopsy revealed her death was caused by blunt force trauma and strangulation.

But who would kill a woman best known for her kindness? Investigators believe Collins’ killer is someone she knew personally. They think her kindness may have played a role in her death.

Now, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to work on finding a crack in the case. They say no detail is too small, and they are in the business of keeping witnesses whom might fear retaliation safe. Any information about what happened would bring them one step closer to peace.

In particular, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office asks witnesses to report anyone who may have been acting strangely during that time. Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-TBI-FIND or emailing tipstotbi@tn.gov.

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