Man’s body found beaten, shot in Morgan County

Body found on Gouge Hollow Road.

COALFIELD (WATE) – Law enforcement are asking the public for information after a man’s body was found Monday in the Coalfield community.

Bob Edwards with the District Attorney’s General Russell Johnson’s office said the body of Jerry Lynn McCarroll was found at around 6:30 a.m. outside the Allied Metal Recovery & Refining business on Gouge Hollow Road. The district attorney’s office originally reported the name of the deceased man was James Pete McCarroll.

Investigators later said Jerry went by the nickname “Pete”.

Officials said McCarroll was badly beaten and shot. They believe the suspect stole several thousand dollars in cash from McCarroll at the time. Officers say they think they discovered the body within minutes of the murder, so the suspect would have been in the area sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.

“It was very brutal. He was badly beaten and shot,” explained Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mike Wren, the lead investigator in this case.

McCarroll was a cancer survivor and Vietnam war veteran who retired from Boeing and B&W Clinch River. Most recently he worked at Allied Metals, where he was found dead.

Detective Wren believes the crime was committed by a person or people who knew a little bit about McCarroll and his schedule. Det. Wren says McCarroll was always the first person at work and he was killed while going into work. He also was known to carry cash on him.

“He was known to carry money. He dealt in scrap and bought equipment for the company he worked for. So carried a lot of cash on him sometimes. Someone who was probably familiar with his schedule and location of his business,” Det. Wren added.

Investigators say it was dark at the time, and the business is in a secluded area, but they’re looking for anyone who might have seen something in that vicinity.

Anyone with information is asked to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 346-0911 option 5, or DAG Johnson’s office at (865) 376-2145 ext. 152. You can also email

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