Cold Case: Warren Hill


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Each month, we feature a cold case on News 12 Now This Morning, hoping to help investigators solve crimes.

On Thursday, Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston spoke about a 71-year-old man who was found beaten to death with a hammer inside his St. Elmo home.

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Warren Hill was found murdered on April 6,1993.

“He was sitting in his apartment,” Pinkston said. “He was still in his chair. There was no forced entry. He collected rent from other tenants, and that was the day he collected rent. His wallet was missing. It was found down on Tennessee Avenue. So obviously, some type of robbery was a motive.”

Investigators have a potential suspect, but need additional supporting evidence to make an arrest.

They believe Hill’s killer is responsible for two other murders that all remain unsolved.

If you have any information about this case, call the Cold Case Hotline at (423) 209-7470.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’