Central Ohio Native Dismembered, Eaten In Tennessee

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A woman murdered and dismembered in Tennessee was originally from Central Ohio.

Gregory S. Hale, 37, was arrested at his home in a small rural community just outside Manchester, Tennessee late Sunday.

He is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse, Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne said Tuesday.

According to an arrest warrant, Hale confessed to killing Lisa Marie Hyder.  Hale told authorities he beheaded Hyder and cut off her hands and placed the body parts in a plastic bucket, according to the warrant.

He then cut off her feet and other body parts, and placed them in another bucket. The warrant states that Hale buried the torso in a burn pile at the residence.

Hale also admitted to "eating part of the victim," according to the warrant.

Family members tell 10TV Hyder lived at various times in Groveport, Columbus and Whitehall.  She graduated from Watkins Memorial High School.

Lisa Hyder's step-mother wishes she could have done more to help her step-daughter navigate life.

" She made a lot of really stupid choices in her life. I loved her, she was my step-daughter, and I help raised her, and I failed her, and so did a lot of other people, said Rebecca Zubovic.

Zubovic said that failure began with trying to get Lisa sober.

She said her daughter was constantly searching for happiness, but chose drugs, alcohol and men to fill the void.

"She was beautiful absolutely beautiful," Zubovic said

Zubovic said she's not surprised her daughter was murdered due to troubles in her life.  But Zubovic said she never thought Hyder's life would end with her body dismembered and eaten.

"As screwy as it sounds I'm glad he was a butcher, because hopefully it was quick that's a horrid thing to think, but what else could you think," Zubovic said.

That butcher is Gregory Hale who police say admitted to the crime, and who once worked as a meat processor.

Police say he picked up Lisa at a Liquor store in Coffee County, Tennessee before taking her to his parents home where he lived in the garage.

A tip led police to the home where detectives found what was left of Lisa's body.

"The way she had to leave this world is not right," said Hyder's cousin Samantha Paas.

The family said Hyder was a mother of 6 children.  They said she was dying of ovarian cancer and had already began saying her goodbyes.

The family hoped she would die a peaceful death, now they wonder if her last moments of life were filled with fear and pain.

"What was she thinking at that point? She wasn't perfect and she knew it, but she was a good kid", said Zubovic.

Police say Hyder and the suspect did not know each other.

Hale is being held in jail on $1.5 million bond.

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