Nashville Detectives from the Homicide-Cold Case Unit charged Michael Goff III, age 15, with criminal homicide for the May murder of his father whose bones were found September 2nd in a small duffel bag at the shoreline of Percy Priest Lake behind Lincoya Bay Apartments.
The Medical Examiner confirmed on September 6th that the bones are those of Michael Goff Jr., 57, of Cloverland Drive, who was reported missing by his mother on May 27th after she last saw him the preceding day.
Goff III told police on May 27th that he and his father were riding in South Nashville when Goff Jr. stopped the vehicle, gave his son his watch, said "I love you," walked into a wooded area and never returned. During the investigation, led by Detective Steve Jolley, witnesses were identified who reported that on May 28th, Goff III showed them cuts and scratches on his hands and told them he had killed someone a few days earlier with razor wire. Detective Jolley subsequently received a tip that another 15-year-old likely had information on Goff Jr.'s murder. That teen, who returned to Nashville from out of state this week, reported that Goff III came to his residence on May 26th and said that he had just killed his father. The teen said he went with Goff III to dispose of Goff Jr.'s body and witnessed Goff III taking money and other items from the body. The wooded location where the body was initially placed, near Percy Priest Lake, was found this week. Additional bones were recovered, which are being analyzed for identification.
Goff III refused to answer detectives' questions after his arrest this afternoon. The other 15-year-old is considered to be a witness in this case at present.
The Homicide-Cold Case Unit assumed this investigation because it handles adult missing person reports.