Bovines Help Catch Tenn. Murder Suspect

Bovines Help Catch Tenn. Murder Suspect

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) – The credit for the bust is going to the bovines. A tip on the whereabouts of Parker Ray Elliott, suspected of fatally shooting his ex-wife and daughter and wounding his son, had led authorities Monday to search near a Maury County farm.

“I saw four or five cows by a barn,” said state parks employee Shane Petty, who was tracking Elliott on Monday with his bloodhound, Ellie May. “I knew those cows should have been looking at me, since I had just come into the area, but they were looking over into the woods, so I knew that’s where he was.”

Officers soon captured Elliott in those woods.

Petty said his college degree in agriculture helped him read the cattle’s behavior.

“And I’m an old farm boy,” he said.

A manhunt for Elliott had been under way since the shootings Thursday at his ex-wife’s home in the Culleoka community, about 50 miles south of Nashville.

Elliott is being held in the Maury County jail awaiting a hearing set for Tuesday.

Information from: The Tennessean