According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, a victim that died in the August 2 house fire in the Burningtown Community has been identified as 71-year-old Day Williamson.
The body was found in the upstairs back bedroom following a fire that destroyed the home. Although the body was recovered after the fire was put out, the medical examiner’s findings of strangulation as a cause of death means that Williamson was deceased before the fire.
The Sheriff’s Office say Cochran, the prime suspect in the case, escaped custody from the Macon County Detention Center on July 30 while on trash detail. Cochran was on the run from authorities for five days until he was captured shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Authorities indicate Cochran had ties to Ms. Williamson. Her Chevy Tracker was reportedly missing at the time of the fire. The tracker was found abandoned about a mile away from a residence where Cochran was found. He is also a suspect in a shooting in the town of Franklin on West Palmer Street WRGC reported on a code red alert sent to residents by Franklin police urging to lock windows and doors in the early August incident.
When arrested, he was in possession of a .38 caliber revolver. The investigation also led authorities to discover a bag filled with items , was identified by Day Williamson’s grandson as belonging to the victim.
No charges have been filed yet in the case. Cochran is currently being held without bond at the detention center on charges stemming from a trespassing incident from Colorado.