Investigators have identified 37-year-old Vennie Leroy Keaton as a person of interest in the case and his whereabouts are unknown at this time. Keaton is currently wanted in Cherokee County and Tennessee on theft related charges.
Hudgins’ vehicle was found abandoned on the side of the road in Tennessee and was recovered by the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle has since been transported back to Cherokee County and processed by Forensic Investigators with the Calhoun-Cleburne County Violent Crimes Task Force.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Vennie Leroy Keaton contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at (256) 927-3365 or the Centre Police Department at (256) 927-3661.
The investigation is still ongoing and more details will be provided as they become available.