CHATTANOOGA – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Rhea County woman in connection to the death of her husband.

At the request of 12th District Attorney General Mike Taylor, TBI Special Agents began investigating the death of Thomas Richard Wilkey, Jr. today, shortly after deputies from the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department found the body of the man (DOB 12-9-65) in his home in the 1200 block of Walkerton Road in Dayton. During the course of the investigation, Agents, working alongside investigators from Rhea County, developed information leading to Wilkey’s wife, Patricia Kaye Wilkey, as the individual responsible for the crime.

This evening, Agents arrested Wilkey (DOB 4-4-67) and charged her with one count of Criminal Homicide. At the time of this release, she was being held without bond in the Rhea County Jail.