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.