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GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

Beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the Greeneville Police Department blocked off parts of W. Main Street and began handing out flyers.

 The flyers are asking anyone with any information about the double murder and arson that occurred on the street to contact the police department. Sunday, March 23rd, while on patrol an officer noticed smoke coming from a home on W. Main Street.

When officers and fire fighters entered the home they found 49-year-old Roger Aiken and 78-year-old Elizabeth Cooter inside.
'I [saw]all the fire trucks and all that stuff and I thought 'Oh my! What happened?'," said resident Beverly Lamb.

Officers found Aiken inside the door of the home and Cooter in her bed.

Detective David Crum told News Channel 11, someone set the home on fire after killing Cooter and fatally injuring Aiken.“The arson was done to cover up the homicide," said Crum.

Detectives are not releasing details of the victims injuries because the investigation is ongoing. In an effort to further the investigation, the Greeneville Police Department blocked off W. Main Street Sunday morning and began handing out flyers.

Detective Crum said something as simple as a flyer can lead to a tip that solves the case."As they take these on to church or their work and places someone else that may have traveled last Sunday but weren't there today may remember oh I was there," said Crum. Crum said the flyers have already produced some credible tips."We got a couple good tips today from people that passed through there that saw, that were able to verify vehicles that were there that are not there now," said Crum.

Greeneville Police are asking anyone with information to call the Greeneville Police Department at 423-783-2868 or the State Arson Tip Line at 800-762-3017. The State Arson Tip Line is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the murders and arson.

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