A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper said he spotted a white pickup truck minutes after receiving a BOLO alert (short for “Be On the Look Out”) for a pickup matching its description. After stopping the truck on a seatbelt violation, the trooper said he arrested driver Jeffrey Bailey as a fugitive from justice.
That’s because the pickup actually belonged to former Spartanburg County Sheriff Charlie Snipes, who was found dead by deputies Tuesday morning at his used car business on Boundary Drive. At the time, current sheriff Chuck Wright said investigators viewed the death as “suspicious,” and put out an alert for Snipes’s missing pickup. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger later reported Snipes died from blunt force trauma to the head
The Tennessee trooper found Bailey driving the pickup near the town of Erwin, which is about 45 miles north of Asheville. Wright said his department will work hard to figure out what happened.
We are scouring through lots of evidence. We have some real good evidence. We have video that we have to go over. We’re confirming some things.
Wright and other deputies made the trip to the Unicoi County Jail Tuesday night to question Bailey.
Snipes served as Spartanburg County Sheriff from 1961 to 1964. He was 82 years old.