Juvenile charged in murder case of retired Hawkins Co. school teacher

Margaret Sliger

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office officials released new information in the murder case of a 79-year-old retired school teacher from Mooresburg during a news conference Monday afternoon.

Margaret Sliger
Margaret Sliger

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said a juvenile has been arrested and charged in the murder of Margaret Jack Sliger.

Lawson said a gag order has been issued on the case and he said he could not release any other information.

Sliger was found murdered in the backyard of her home, located on Isenberg Lane, in May.

Investigators said they found several injuries on her body that lead to her death.

No arrests were immediately made following Sliger’s death and her body was taken to Quillen College of Medicine Forensics Center in Johnson City for an autopsy.

Back in July, investigators said Sliger likely knew her killer and by Oct. 1 the sheriff’s office said there was nearly a $4,000 reward for information about her case.

Sliger reportedly lived with several animals in a secluded home on Isenberg Lane.

During the news conference, Lawson said the sheriff’s office and detectives division, as well as the Hawkins County District Attorney’s Office and Special Investigators, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Cadets with the Walters State Police Academy, the Rogersville Police Department, Surgoinsville Police Department, Church Hill Police Department, Mt. Carmel Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the TBI were involved in the investigation.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and loved ones of Ms. Margaret Sliger,” Lawson said. “God be with you.”

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