Tenn. trip ends in slaying of city man

August 23, 1999|By BRENDAN KIRBY

Debra Beavers leaves today for western Tennessee to see for herself the horrible truth she already knows: Her oldest son has been murdered.

Paul David Farrar Jr., 26, went to visit his uncle in Savannah, Tenn., about two months ago. A short time later, he sent word that he was going to stay, said Beavers, who lives on East Washington Street in Hagerstown.

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Beavers, who has no phone, said she did not speak with her son, but that they communicated indirectly through other family members in the Hagerstown area.

Earlier this month, Farrar told a friend in Hagerstown that he had bought a bus ticket and was coming home for a visit.


He never did.

On Aug. 14, fishermen discovered his decapitated body in White Oak Creek in rural Hardin County in southwest Tennessee.

Farrar had been stabbed and his body was weighted down with concrete blocks, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Farrar's head has not been found and his body initially was identified from tattoos - a skull wearing a top hat and smoking a cigarette, which was on his chest, and a joker, which was on his leg.

Three Hardin County men have charged with murder in his death.

Beavers, 44, who quit her job when she learned of her son's death, said she was preparing on Monday for the 16- to 17-hour bus ride to Savannah.

"I have no idea what to expect," she said. "I'm only getting bits and pieces."

Beavers said she does not know how long she will be in Tennessee, but said she intends to return her son's cremated remains to Hagerstown.

"I did not believe it, and I still don't believe it," she said. "But I guess after tomorrow, I'll have to believe it."

Tennessee authorities charged Timothy Jason Creasy, Brian G. Justin and Corey D. Smith with first-degree murder on Aug. 15., according to Special Agent Jack Van Hooser of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The three were arraigned Aug. 16 and were being held on Monday in the Hardin County Jail on $50,000 bond each.

Van Hooser would not comment on a possible motive or other details regarding the death, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Van Hooser said a preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 17.

Beavers said Farrar and her youngest brother had a close relationship. Her brother, whom she declined to name, left Hagerstown to "see the world" several months ago. He settled in Savannah with his girlfriend "a good couple of months" ago, she said.

Beavers said Farrar had been working odd jobs but did not have steady work when he decided to visit his uncle.

"He just wanted to get away from Hagerstown. There wasn't anything for him in Hagerstown; that's what he said," Beavers said.

Beavers said Farrar got into trouble with underage drinking in his early teens and left South Hagerstown High School before graduating.

"He wasn't the best of children, but he wasn't the (worst)," she said.

Beavers said Farrar loved basketball and football and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.

"He had a lot of friends here in Hagerstown," she said.

Beavers said her husband left the family when Farrar and his two younger brothers were young. She said she has been unable to reach him since learning of her son's death.

All three asked about their father as they were growing up, Beavers said. Although they talked about trying to look him up, they never did, she said.

Beavers said her son seemed happy living with his uncle in Tennessee. She said he also seemed happy the day he left town.

"He said, 'I love you Momma, and I'll see you soon,'" she said.

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