Dilrea Lett identified as homicide victim in Louisville fire

Blount County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released the name of a Louisville woman whose body was found in her burning home early Monday morning and authorities are searching for a Powell man in connection with the death.

The victim was identified as 60-year-old Dilrea Sue Lett. Preliminary autopsy results performed at the University of Tennessee Medical Center Tuesday morning revealed Lett died as a result of a homicide.

Tuesday the sheriff’s office was looking for 43-year-old James Howard Harmon. Harmon may be driving a 1999 white Chrysler Sebring, Tennessee registration 915 NTK with heavy hail damage. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Harmon is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation during normal business hours at 865-273-5001. They may also call the sheriff’s office anonymous 24-hour crime hotline at 865-273-5200, or leave a message through the Text-a-Tip link on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.bcso.com.

The Sheriff’s Office, along with Blount County Fire Department, were dispatched to the residential fire at 803 E. Cumberland Drive in Louisville at around 1:30 a.m. Monday. During the investigation following the fire, Lett’s body was found inside the residence and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where an autopsy was performed.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office arson investigator is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. The Blount County Fire Department, along with the Alcoa Fire Department and Tennessee Bomb and Arson are assisting.

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