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TBI exhumes body of Pauline Pusser; wife of famed McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser was fatally shot in 1967

Pauline Pusser’s casket is removed from Adamsville Cemetery.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Thursday exhumed the body of late McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser’s wife, Pauline Pusser, The Courier confirmed.
TBI officials exhumed Pusser’s body from Adamsville Cemetery at 303 Old Stage Road this morning as part of its investigation into her death.
The TBI issued the following statement:
“Today, TBI special agents were at the Adamsville Cemetery to oversee the exhumation of the body of Pauline Pusser. Pauline was fatally shot on Aug. 12, 1967, in McNairy County, and the Tennessee Bureau of Criminal Identification was called in to investigate. As we have evolved to become the independent agency that we are today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, this case has remained an active investigation. As with any unresolved case, agents have continued to reexamine files and follow any and all leads.”
The statement continues, “A recent tip prompted a new review of the case file and the discovery was made that an autopsy was never performed on Mrs. Pusser’s body. With the support of Pauline’s family and in consultation with 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson, TBI requested the exhumation in an attempt to answer critical questions and provide crucial information that may assist in identifying the person or persons responsible for Pauline Pusser’s death.”
Last year the TBI did ask for tips in relation to the case on its social media pages.



  1. Sheila on February 8, 2024 at 5:03 pm

    Read the book “Buford Pusser – The Other Story”. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting.

  2. M. Thompson on February 11, 2024 at 11:55 am

    I don’t understand this. What good is an autopsy gonna be to them they already know how she died from a gunshot to her head..and it’s most likely the person or persons responsible for her death are already dead as well.

  3. John Brewer on February 12, 2024 at 11:55 pm

    I have to ask after 56 yrs in the ground what do the investigator expect to find science her husband sheirff Buford Pusser that was with her driving the car and was ambushed by unspecified number of cars of suspects that had just opened fire on them after running them off the road and turned around come back and opened fire with full auto guns killing her. And after 56 yrs I just figure that the evidents that is on fíles like bullets ,pictures, officer Pussers words and his wishes being violated in the exmushation of his wife’s body going to be to find and what the consqentes will end up for desturbing her resting place . Just can’t see where this is going to be any help at all thank for letting me ask this question.

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