Law enforcement identifies body discovered on Highway 51 in Atoka

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ATOKA, Tenn. — The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office says they have developed a person of interest in the hit-and-run crash that killed a man early Wednesday morning.

The investigation shut down lanes and slowed traffic.

Stephen McNair

This as questions swirled after the body of a man was discovered in the median on 51 in Atoka.

The victim has been identified as Stephen McNair.

"A lot of people were talking about it. Just about everyone that came through were talking about it," Meagan Graham, who works near the scene, said.

"Police say they got the call around 6:30 Wednesday morning. and shut down the stretch of the road to figure out what happened.

"I saw cop cars down there," Graham said.

Police say he was hit by a car and the driver didn’t stop.

They've come up with a person of interest, but no arrests have been made.

"You don't ever see this in Tipton County, not hardly," Graham said.

The cashiers working at a convenience store not even a mile up the road say they have questions and concerns about the crime that hits too close to home.

"I'm curious to know if they hit the person and helped them. Did they leave? Was the person able to get help that got hit?" Cashier, Martha Knight asked.

As police officers work to crack the case, and the cashiers try to go back to doing their job after a traumatic start to the day, they've got this message for the family.

"I want the family to know that here at number 5, we are praying for them. They are in our hearts," Knight said.

And for the person behind wheel of the car that killed McNair, "I hope whoever did it is honest enough to say, 'Hey, I made a mistake. I did it. Here I am," she said.

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