Montgomery County (Tennessee) Sheriff’s Department confirmed yesterday that human remains found last Thursday in the woods by a hunter are those of a former Soldier from Clarksville. Melissa Sue Napier (Woodruff) was reported missing by her brother, Dec. 8. It is not known when she was last seen by family members.
The decomposed body was found in a heavily-wooded area near the 3000 block of Tarsus Road in Palmyra, Tennessee, about 20 miles southwest of Clarksville. The sheriff’s department has not ruled out foul play in her death. An autopsy has been ordered but results are still pending from the Medical Examiner’s office in Nashville. Those results could take up to six weeks.
Napier, 30, was in the Army for four-and-a-half years and separated from the service with a rank of Sergeant, E5. She had been based at nearby Fort Campbell. Napier had deployed twice to Iraq as a Chemical Operations Specialist. She was a native of New York.
Melissa Napier leaves behind a son who is with his father in Ohio.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has few leads in the case. They are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with any information about Ms. Napier, including places she might have shopped, patronized, etc., should contact CrimeStoppers at 931-645-TIPS (8477) or lead investigator William Wall at 931-648-0611 ext 13415.