SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Police in Tennessee are now saying that 45 year old Beth Straub was beaten to death before she was stuffed and sealed in a 96-gallon trash can fitted with PVC Pipes and filled with livestock deodorizer to hide the apparent odor of a dead body.
“She, she was a good woman and loved her kids,” said Davin Chase.
Chace is one of Straub’s two sons. Neighbors say Meece and her lived in a Koger Avenue house in Somerset for several months but were quiet and kept to themselves. The Pulaski County Sheriff says he never received a domestic complaint from them.
Meece was born and raised in Somerset. WKYT was told her worked for many years at Modern Distributers which goes by Team Modern now before he and his girlfriend moved to Nashville about a year ago.
Nashville Metro Police say Straub was found days after they were called to make a welfare check on the woman, when she hadn’t reported to work for several days. Meece told police they’d had a fight and she left.
But then when he didn’t show up for work…police made the gruesome discovery. She was found dead in the sealed up can…and he was found on a nearby couch with the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We are shocked and we are devastated. We don’t know how to react right now. Just still trying to process what happened,” said Larry Meece, Jesse’s brother.
Meece’s brother traveled to Somerset once he learned of the tragedy and says Jesse never gave them any warning signs of the trouble to come.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is handling arrangements for Jesse Meece.