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**UPDATE**Hermitage Man Sought for Questioning in the Murder of His Wife

1/26/2020

UPDATE: Criminal Homicide Warrant for Ronald Dickens has been issued.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Officers throughout the city are on the lookout for Ronald Dickens, 42, who is being sought for questioning concerning the murder of his wife, Shawnton Clay, 30. She was found deceased by family members late Saturday afternoon inside the couple’s home at Avalon Apartments on Andrew Jackson Way.

Dickens may be driving the victim’s 2017 black Toyota Camry bearing Tennessee license number T4522V. Anyone seeing Dickens or the car is asked to immediately call the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600.

Dickens and Clay were married in Las Vegas in 2018, but the victim’s family believes they were in the process of divorce or annulment. Clay’s family and friends did not hear from her throughout the day Saturday and she did not show up for work. Family members forced entry into the apartment just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday and found her deceased. There was obvious trauma to the body. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Dickens was not present when Clay was found, and attempts to contact him have failed. Her car keys and Toyota Camry are missing.

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Ronald Dickens, 42