Mitchell Hinderliter and Christopher Hall (Carolyn Pope Suspect Charged) Wiki, Bio
Mitchell Hinderliter and Christopher Hall were arrested after Pope’s body was found, but the investigation continued. The indictment charges the pair with with first-degree homicide, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and false reporting. Additionally, Hinderliter is charged with rape, and Hall is charged with facilitation of rape.
A Tennessee grand jury has returned indictments on multiple charges against two men in the rape and murder of a 29-year-old woman whose body was found hidden in a densely wooded area nearly ten days after she disappeared last fall, WKRN reports.
Carolyn Pope, the mother of a 5-year-old girl, was found dead on October 23 in rural Hickman County in central Tennessee.
Two days after the Pope’s disappearance on October 13, his radio was found in the blocks of Hinderliter property, without a radio. Detectives also suspect that there is blood in the backseat.
Arrest warrants issued last year said Hinderliter admitted that, after supposedly taking a drug overdose, Hall had helped throw the Pope’s body. He said that he had taken Hall and the body to an isolated area that had long been used as an illegal dump, where they fell from the body, wrapped in sheets and covered in debris. Hinderliter then took the police to the scene.
The medical investigator’s report listed drug intoxication as “a contributing cause of death,” saying fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin were in the Pope’s system. The report says that decomposition prevented the medical doctor from making a firm conclusion that asphyxia was the cause of death, but this cannot be ruled out either.
Prosecutors did not reveal any other details about the case.
The Pope’s daughter now lives with her grandmother.