Murdered couple's bodies found so brutalized and badly decomposed police cannot confirm their identities as they search for two persons of interest

  • Preston Claybrooks Jr, 24, and Alexandra Grubbs, 23, found dead Sunday stuffed inside closet and covered in trash in Nashville 
  • The couple, who have a young daughter, were reported missing last Thursday 
  • Claybrooks' mother went to apartment complex and then called police about a foul odor coming from first-floor unit 
  • Police say evidence shows crime was 'extremely violent' and was followed by cleanup attempt
  • Brandon Griswold, 20, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Whitney Gray, are wanted for questioning but haven't been named suspects

The severely decomposed bodies of a young Tennessee couple were discovered stuffed inside a closet and covered in trash over the weekend.

Investigators believe the victims are 24-year-old Preston Claybrooks Jr. and his longtime girlfriend, 23-year-old Alexandra Grubbs, both of Nashville, whose families reported them missing earlier this week.

Authorities said the identities of the bodies, which were found early Sunday, had not been confirmed due to the extent of the trauma.

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Preston Claybrooks Jr. 24
Alexandra Grubbs, 23

Brutally murdered: Police in Nashville believe the bodies found stuffed inside a closet Sunday are those of Preston Claybrooks Jr. 24 (left), and his longtime girlfriend, 23-year-old Alexandra Grubbs (right)

Crime scene: A police officer is seen putting up crime tape at the Howe Garden Apartments in the 1900 block of Greenwood Avenue in Nashville 

Crime scene: A police officer is seen putting up crime tape at the Howe Garden Apartments in the 1900 block of Greenwood Avenue in Nashville 

Wanted: Police are looking to question Brandon Griswold, 20 (left), and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Whitney Gray (right), in connection to the case 

Wanted: Police are looking to question Brandon Griswold, 20 (left), and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Whitney Gray (right), in connection to the case 

An autopsy is expected to take place sometime Monday to determine the cause of death.

Nashville police are now searching for the man who leased the home where the slain couple were found, identified as 20-year-old Brandon Griswold, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Whitney Gray. Both are wanted for questioning but neither has been named a suspect in the killings.

The bodies of Claybrooks and Grubbs were discovered at the Howe Garden Apartments in the 1900 block of Greenwood Avenue at around 2am Sunday, according to The Tennessean. 

Police got a call from Claybrooks' mother Saturday morning reporting an odor of decomposition coming from a a first-floor apartment inside the housing complex. Other neighbors later said they too sensed a foul stench wafting from the unit.

Vanished: Claybrooks and Grubbs' families reported the couple missing on September 24 

Vanished: Claybrooks and Grubbs' families reported the couple missing on September 24 

Claybrooks' mother went to an apartment building in Nashville Saturday and called police about a foul stench coming from a first-floor unit
The photo shows the couple with their baby

Ominous clue: Claybrooks' mother went to an apartment building in Nashville Saturday and called police about a foul stench coming from a first-floor unit. The photo on the right shows the couple with their baby

Grisly find: Police said Grubbs, pictured here with her baby daughter, and her boyfriend were savagely murdered. Her chest tattoo reads, 'No Regrets'

Grisly find: Police said Grubbs, pictured here with her baby daughter, and her boyfriend were savagely murdered. Her chest tattoo reads, 'No Regrets'

The woman had gone to the apartment knowing her son had ties there. The 24-year-old and his girlfriend had been reported missing last Thursday.

Officers who responded to the scene entered the unit only to discover what has been described as a gruesome scene inside a large closet.

Police said the evidence shows the crime was ‘extremely violent’ and those responsible attempted to clean up afterwards.

Griswold and Gray, the couple wanted for questioning, are possibly traveling in the woman's 2009 Chevrolet Impala with an Oklahoma license plate 261LPO.

Connection: Griswold (pictured) leased the home where the slain couple were found Sunday 

Connection: Griswold (pictured) leased the home where the slain couple were found Sunday 

The couple are possibly traveling in Gray's 2009 Chevrolet Impala (similar to the one seen here) with an Oklahoma license plate 261LPO

According to her Facebook page, Grubbs worked as a server at Ruby Tuesday. She and Claybrooks are survived by a young daughter.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

 

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