Four shot to death in rural Tennessee, suspect named

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The bodies were discovered by a resident of the Renegade Mountain resort community who saw the parked car on his way to work at about 7 a.m. Thursday. (WSMV)

(CNN) — Police on Friday named a suspect in the killing of four young people who were found shot inside a car in rural Tennessee.

Jacob Allen Bennett has not yet been charged with the quadruple homicide, but he is the only suspect and has been arrested on unrelated charges, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said.

A passerby found a car with the four victims Thursday on Renegade Mountain, about 65 miles west of Knoxville.

The victims were identified as Danielle Jacobson, 22, who was in the driver’s seat; Steven Presley, 17; Dominic Davis, 17; and John Lajeunesse, 16.

The medical examiner’s office will conduct autopsies on the bodies.

According to the Renegade Mountain Community Club, the area around where the bodies were found had been a retirement resort, a ski resort and a golf club, though it’s now mostly home to a small number of families.

One resident, Cynthia Benson, described the killings as “sad, scary.”

“We’ve had little problems but nothing major,” she told WATE. “Nothing like this.”

By Mariano Castillo and Christine Theodorou

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