TBI identifies Decatur man whose bound body was found on roadside in Meigs County

This view from our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam shows the area in Meigs County where officials say a bus driver discovered the body of a man Wednesday, and several students were exposed to the horrific sight. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (Thursday):

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has identified a man whose body was discovered by a school bus driver early Wednesday morning.

TBI spokesperson Susan Niland identified him as Roger Dale Miller, a 60-year-old man from Decatur.

According to Meigs County Schools Director Clint Baker, the driver was taking children to school when she spotted the bound body along Eaves Ferry Road, and some of the 20 students saw the corpse as well.

Niland says the investigation is active and ongoing.

See more of our original report below.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Authorities in Meigs County have called in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) after a school bus driver taking children to school spotted a body on the side of the road early Wednesday morning.

Clint Baker, Director of Meigs County Schools, tells NewsChannel 9 the driver was taking students to school when she spotted the bound body of a man on Eaves Ferry Road in Decatur at about 7:30 a.m.,

About 20 students were on the bus at the time. It was a mix of elementary, middle and high school students. Baker says some students saw the body.

The driver drove a few yards past the scene, stopped the bus, called 911, and continued taking the children to school.

Baker says all parents were notified and given the opportunity to pick up their children if they wanted. Counselors were also brought in to talk to the kids. He says the driver did "a great job handling something you don’t ever expect to encounter with kids on your bus."

"Our counselors saw each and every kid this morning and some of them have proceeded to go home afterward," says Baker.

Parent Ethan Webb says his child rode that same bus last year.

"We stopped doing that about a year ago because my wife is able to stay home now," says Webb.

He is grateful they were not on that bus to witness what almost three dozen students saw, but for those that did... "I feel for those that were on it and the parents have to explain it to them...that's hard," says Webb.

Director of Schools Clint Baker says it's something no one was prepared for, but he is happy with how the bus driver dealt with the unexpected.

"She was worried about the kids first, and that's what we try to do through our training," says Baker.

Webb says that training makes him feel better about where his children spend their days.

"I'm glad that the small town that we live in is stepping up and taking the initiative of helping the kids."

Authorities have not identified the victim, except to say it is a white man.

TBI spokesman Susan Niland anyone with information is asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

We have a crew in Meigs County working to get more details on this story as the investigation continues.

Depend on us for updates as we get them.

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