Remains being buried 17 years later|[01/31/07]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bones found at a west Tennessee home in 2005 have been confirmed to be those of a former Vicksburg resident who disappeared 17 years ago.

Jimmy L. Allison, a Vicksburg native who was then 50, was reported missing on July 19, 1989, and was declared dead by the Fayette County Chancery Court in 1990.

The only evidence at the time was a truck found parked on a bridge with one door open and the keys in the ignition. The truck was identified as one owned by Allison, who had been a resident of Fayette County since 1984, and suicide was suspected.

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Allison had owned a house in an exclusive part of the county and a 700-to-800-acre row crop and cattle farm.

In July 2005, after Allison’s wife, Patricia Allison, died, a crew was hired to clean out her house on Saris Drive in Fayette County. Workers discovered a garbage can in an exterior shed with a trash bag inside, Fayette County Sheriff Bill Kelley said at the time. Inside the trash bag were what appeared to be the partially clad lower half of a human body and a set of upper plate false teeth.

Inside the bag was another, small plastic bag containing the driver’s license and Social Security card belonging to Allison.

At the time, Fayette County investigators planned to contact family members and try to identify the bones through DNA testing.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s department and the prosecutor’s office for the county, the DNA test results from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in December showed the remains were those of Allison, based on comparison with DNA samples from his children.

Further, the news release said, the remains have been turned over to the family and a death certificate has been issued listing the cause and manner of death as unknown.

&#8220We were glad to find out it was him,” said Cathy Flowers of Rossville, Ind., one of Allison’s daughters, who is acting as a spokesman for the family. &#8220We were pretty sure it was him.”

They will hold a service here Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Glenwood Funeral Home in charge.

&#8220He will be buried next to his mother, Catherine Allison,” she said.

Flowers said they have not heard anything from the family of Patricia Allison. &#8220We didn’t expect to,” she said.

At the time Allison’s remains were found, Sheriff Kelley speculated Patricia Allison had something to do with his death. The news release from the Tennessee officials said they continue to believe Patricia Allison had something to do with the death and disposal of the remains.

&#8220The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the facts of this case to determine if additional persons may be implicated or charged with criminal offenses related to Mr. Allison’s death,” they said.

&#8220We just hope if someone had anything to do with this or helped do it, we can find out. But I don’t know if we’ll ever find out,” Flowers said.

In addition to Flowers, Allison is survived by daughters, Rhonda Hambleton of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Jenny Holmes of Oakland, Tenn; two sisters, Wilma Cooper and Kristy Allison, both of Vicksburg, and a brother, Jim Neblett of Jackson.