Death of Tenn. election official probed

July 19, 2010 at 1:35 PM

SWEETWATER, Tenn., July 19 (UPI) -- The mysterious death of a Tennessee elections official was under investigation Monday by four law enforcement agencies, police said.

The body of Jim Miller, chairman of the Monroe County Election Commission, was found over the weekend in the trunk of his burning car by a deputy sheriff on patrol.

The News Sentinel in Knoxville, Tenn., said that while the name of the victim had yet to be officially released, Miller was identified in a statement released by his family.

State and local investigators said Miller had been working Saturday and called his wife to tell her he was on his way home but never arrived.

Miller owned an excavation company in his hometown of Sweetwater and was a former chairman of the county Republican Party.

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