Oak Ridge police identify woman murdered, dismembered in home

During a search of the home, the body of a 36-year-old was found.
2 suspects charged after woman's body found in Oak Ridge.
2 suspects charged after woman's body found in Oak Ridge.(Anderson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 9:43 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 5, 2021 at 9:56 AM EST
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Oak Ridge Police Department revealed more details in a Wednesday homicide after two suspects were arrested and face first-degree murder charges in connection to the incident.

According to Oak Ridge police, 52-year-old Sean Finnegan and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Rebecca Dishman, have been identified as suspects.

During a search of the home, the body of a 36-year-old Jennifer Paxton was found.

Police responded to the home on the 300 block of East Fairview Road around 7:30 p.m. for reports of a possible homicide.

Investigators said Dishman and Finnegan reportedly lured the victim into the home with the promise of giving her a place to stay. Once the victim entered the home, officials said she was held against her will, physically attacked with a baseball bat and tortured. The victim was shackled with a dog collar, chained to the bed and had her arms bound with zip ties, according to court documents.

According to reports, the victim was also repeatedly raped, deprived of food and medical care, strangled with a ligature and left to die.

Investigators with the ORPD Criminal Investigation Division and the District Attorney General’s Office said after the victim was dead Finnegan and Dishman “physically mistreated a corpse in such a way as to be shocking and offensive.”

Finnegan allegedly used sharp instruments to cut off a portion of at least one of the victim’s breasts and her nose. Court documents stated he then broke multiple ligaments and bones in order to get the victim’s body to fit inside of a stand-up freezer. Finnegan later removed the victim’s frozen body from the freezer and hid it under his bed, investigators said.

Officials said Finnegan and Dishman admitted to being responsible for the crimes.

According to Anderson Co. Sheriff’s Office, Dishman and Finnegan are both facing first-degree murder, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call ORPD at 865-425-4299. Crime tips can also be submitted online here.

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