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Man With Ties to Holly Bobo Case Found Dead in Florida

Posted at 4:28 AM, Feb 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-27 04:28:00-05

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a man with ties to the case of a Tennessee nursing student's murder has been found dead in an apparent suicide in Florida.

Sgt. Eric Sherouse, a detective with the police department in Bartow, Florida, said Thursday that the body of Shayne Austin was found in a hotel room in Bartow on Monday. Sherouse said Austin was hanged.

Sherouse said there is no sign of foul play and evidence points to Austin committing suicide. An autopsy will determine the official cause of death.

Austin was involved in a legal battle about an immunity agreement in the investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo. She was 20 when she disappeared from her home in Parsons in April 2011. Authorities say her remains were found in September.