Banner Staff Writer
A former Bradley County resident who just recently moved to Raleigh, N.C., was discovered dead Tuesday by her daughter inside their apartment.
Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones, 30, was identified as the victim, according to media reports from the area.
“We are all still in shock,” said Mike Griffin of First Tennessee Bank in Cleveland.
Griffin said Huggins-Jones had worked for First Tennessee for more than 10 years and had moved to the Raleigh area just days ago.
According to media reports, foul play is suspected.
Huggins-Jones’ 8-year-old daughter apparently found her mother around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and went outside her apartment to seek help.
Huggins-Jones was recently divorced, according to reports. News reports noted Huggins-Jones also has a 12-year-old son who is still in Cleveland to finish out the school year.
Griffin said she was very involved with her children and their activities.
The Alister North Hills complex where she lived is filled with new construction.
The child found a construction worker, who went to check on her mother.
“There’s blood everywhere,” the construction worker informed the 911 dispatcher, according to the report.
The taped conversation between the construction worker and 911 dispatcher revealed the body was on a bed. Huggins-Jones was reportedly unresponsive and cold to the touch.
The dispatcher was attempting to aid the construction worker with CPR instructions.
The worker told the dispatcher, “I think it’s too late for CPR.”
He stated he would stay in the room until first responders arrived, according to the tape.
“Melissa had just moved to Raleigh to manage a new retail system. She was still with First Tennessee Bank,” Griffin said Monday afternoon.
The branch where Huggins-Jones had worked closed for the day after learning of her death.
“The bank employees are all still in shock,” Griffin said.
“We ask everyone to keep her children and her bank family in their prayers,” Griffin said.
No suspects have been established in the alleged homicide, according to reports.