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Pinellas murder suspect found hiding in Smoky Mountains

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The search for a Pinellas County murder suspect has ended in Tennessee, U.S. Marshals confirmed Wednesday night.  

Marshals say they found James Quilliams hiding out in an abandoned cabin in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park after receiving a tip.

Quilliams is accused of murdering Teresa Compton at a home on Stoneview Circle in Oldsmar, and U.S. Marshals believe he got a ride up to Tennessee with a female companion. She was taken into custody as well.

Sheriff's detectives had been looking for Quilliams here in the Bay area for more than 48 hours. His location was nearly 11 hours away from the original scene.

Investigators say Compton, 48, died Monday from upper body trauma. Deputies responded to the home for a welfare check on the residence and discovered her body.

A neighbor told FOX 13's Michael Shingleton that he walking his dog when it found a blood stain on the driveway.

"I called police, and I went and got (my wife) and some neighbors so there wouldn't be any mistake about what was there," he said. "We were very concerned. We live in a really quiet neighborhood. Everyone knows everybody."

Quilliams, 40, faces first-degree murder charges once he gets back.

Right now, the sheriff's office hasn't said what exactly the relationship is between Quilliams and Compton. However, the neighbor said he believes they were at one point in time engaged, though they did not get married. 

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