Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains on Wednesday were searching for a 40-year-old Tennessee man wanted in connection with a slaying in Pinellas County, authorities said.
James Quilliams, of Sevierville, is wanted on a first-degree murder warrant.
He is listed in Pinellas County computerized court records with an address of 4761 Stoneview Circle, in Oldsmar. The body of 48-year-old Teresa Sue Compton was found at that address Monday; police said she died of upper-body trauma.
Quilliams was dropped off near Gatlinburg early today by a woman companion who was later arrested on a charge of drunken driving by the Pigeon Forge Police Department. Officers with that department alerted area law enforcement agencies to be on the look-out for Quilliams at about 9 a.m.
Rangers have received several reports of an individual in the Sugarlands area possibly matching the description of the suspect, and they have been searching area trails and roads for him. Quilliams is believed to be on foot in the Sugarlands area, according to a press release by the National Park Service.
Rangers do not believe Quilliams poses a high risk to park employees or the public at this time as he has not exhibited threatening behavior toward the general public, according to the release. The service warned motorists not to pick up hitchhikers and should continue to exercise caution in the area.
Quilliams is 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighs 215 pounds. He has short, gray hair with a goatee. He is believed to be wearing a black trench coat, black dress pants and tennis shoes.
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