RHEA COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED IN DRUG-RELATED DEATH

An investigation by special agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with investigators with the Pikeville Police Department and the Office of the 12th Judicial District Attorney General, has resulted in the indictment of a Rhea County woman, charged in the drug-related death of a Pikeville woman.

In August 2022, officers with the Pikeville Police Department responded to an overdose death call for service at a residence on White Flats Road in Evensville in Rhea County. They found Hailey Green deceased from an apparent overdose. At the request of Pikeville Police and the Office of the 12th Judicial District Attorney General, TBI drug agents joined the investigation. During the investigation, agents and officers identified 33-year-old Kayla Tinsley as the individual involved in the fentanyl distribution that led directly to the victim’s death.

On April 1, 2024, a Rhea County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Tinsley with second-degree murder and three counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale.

Tinsley was arrested yesterday and booked into the Rhea County Jail on a $450,000 bond.