Shelby County Sheriff's investigators are searching for answers regarding the county's first murder of 2013 after the body of a 49-year-old man was found inside a Cordova home on Friday.
Sheriff's Office Spokesman Chip Washington said they identified the victim as Jimmy McClain. He was found inside a home in the 7600 block of Cordova Club Drive as deputies conducted a well-being check.
"Wanted to check on someone they hadn't seen in a couple of days," Washington said. "We got a call to this residence, came to this residence. We did find the body of a male who was deceased in the house."
Mr. McClain was a teacher at Ridgeway High School. He had not been heard from for several days, Washington said.
"Very highly intelligent, very highly intelligent," said Carla McClain. The victim's sister said her brother was not only a brother and teacher, but Mr. McClain was a coach and a pastor in Arkansas.
"Sweet, sweet to the soul; wouldn't harm a flea," Carla said. "Jimmy was very highly intelligent. Master's degree. Educated basketball star. That's my brother."
Homicide detectives have not released the cause of death, only that it is a homicide.
Investigators need the public's help: If anyone saw a suspicious vehicle or person on Cordova Club Drive - where the homicide occurred - on Wednesday between the hours of 7 p. m. and 9 p. m., you are strongly urged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH or the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Detective Unit at 901-222-5600.
FOX13 News reporter Sarah Bleau contributed to this report.