A team of investigators are working around the clock to determine who killed Cumberland Gap business owner Harvey Fuson, Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray said.
Fuson's body was found by his wife Tuesday afternoon at The Old Drug Store and Antiques in the small community near the Kentucky State line. Ray said Wednesday that a search for drugs might have been a motive in the beating death. The store did not sell drugs, despite its name.
In addition to Claiborne County deputies, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney General's Office were working the case.
The team had interviewed more than 50 people and are narrowing the focus of the investigation, the sheriff said.
"I want to ensure the community that we are using all investigative techniques that are available to help us solve this case," Ray said in a news release. "We are still asking the community for any information on anything that was seen on Tuesday that seemed suspicious in the area of the business where Fuson was found."
Ray said the TBI had analyzed evidence collected at the scene at a forensic lab, and those results had been useful in the investigation as had the preliminary results of an autopsy.
"I want to ensure Mayor John Douglas and the residents of Cumberland Gap that we are doing everything in our power to find who is responsible and hold those accountable for causing such devastation in this beautiful town," Ray said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office Command Center at 423-869-3860, or contact Claiborne County Emergency 911 at their non-emergency line 423-626-3121. Ray said all calls will remain confidential.