A criminal investigation is under way in the death of a 29-year-old man at an apartment in Oak Ridge early Monday, but there has not been an arrest yet and no charges have been filed, Anderson County District Attorney General Dave Clark said Thursday.
Thomas Steven Thrasher Jr., 29, was found dead in a second-floor apartment when the Oak Ridge Police Department responded to a report of a possible intruder at about 4:40 a.m. Monday at 615 West Vanderbilt Drive.
Clark said an autopsy has been performed by the Anderson County medical examiner.
“As a result of the circumstances, the Oak Ridge Police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been conducting a criminal investigation,” Clark said. “There has been no arrest or charges filed at this time.”
But the criminal investigation continues, he said.
Clark said state law prevents the release of the details of the death investigation until it’s over, public help is needed to locate a suspect or person of interest, or when an arrest is made.
“However, additional details will be made available upon completion of the investigation or in the event of an arrest,” Clark said.
In a press release Monday, the ORPD called the death “suspicious,” and they turned the case over to Clark. The DA in turn asked the TBI to investigate, TBI Public Information Officer Susan Niland said Wednesday.
Clark said Thrasher’s wife, Samantha Anne Thrasher, and two children lived with Thomas Thrasher, also known as “T.S.,” at the sprawling Rolling Hills Apartments complex in central Oak Ridge.