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Savannah man’s bond set at $1 million in 2010 murder case

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators from the Savannah Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested a third person in connection to a 2010 homicide, the TBI said Tuesday night.

John Provence

According to the TBI, agents joined the homicide investigation into the death of Otylier Callens on Sept. 8, 2010, the same day Savannah police found the body of the 80-year-old in her Ryan Street home. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to John Howard Provence, 68, as one of the individuals responsible for the murder.
Tuesday evening, authorities arrested Provence, of Savannah, and charged him with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, and especially aggravated robbery. He was booked into the Hardin County jail on a $1 million bond.
Two others, Michael Scott Mowdy, 35, and Patsy Lynn Shelby, 68, the victim’s daughter, were previously arrested as part of this ongoing investigation.


  1. Sue Underwood on October 3, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Otylier Callins was my Godmother. I felt that Patsy had something to do with this from the start. This is the first I have ever been able to find any information on her murder. I have prayed for years for justice to be done. Can someone tell me if the trial is over & how it turned out?

    • Editor on October 4, 2019 at 7:04 am

      The case is still pending. We’re continuing to follow it.

  2. Christine Provence on April 16, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Have these people been brought to trial? A million dollar bail seems a bit much for a elderly man that has been hospitalized in prison the whole time. Mr. Provence is in extremely poor health.

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