LINDA TAYLOR GRILLO
DOB 1/10/54 AGE 44
Linda Grillo had told her grandchildrens mother, Christy, she would babysit for her
on Tuesday, July 14. After all, her grandchildren were her heart and any time with them
was good. They made arrangements. If she wasnt at Christys that morning, she
was to bring the children to her. That Tuesday morning when Linda did not arrive, Christy
and her mother headed over to Lindas house with two of her grandchildren. When they
arrived, Lindas car was in the front yard. She was home but something was wrong. She
did not come to the door when they blew the horn. Linda had some health problems in the
past so they were concerned. Christys mother got out of the car and went to knock on
the door. There was no answer so she walked to the back of her home. Finding the back door
unlocked, she walked in. Calling Lindas name, she walked to the back bedroom,
checked the bathrooms and was walking out when she saw her. There on the floor, close to
the dining table she found Linda lying in a pool of blood.
Within a few minutes of receiving the call, the Madison County Sheriff s Department
had several officers at 2403 Ashport Road. Entering the home, officers found the body of
Linda Grillo, dead from stab wounds. While the officers were on the scene, two of
Lindas co- workers from Sturdys Lounge arrived . They had been concerned when
she had not reported to work on Monday night. They had tried to call her. Having no luck,
they came to check on her. They were in disbelief; who could kill Linda?
Linda Grillo was a survivor. She had health problems but she had always bounced back.
According to her cousin, Linda had worked at Proctor & Gamble for about twelve years
but because of her surgery in 1998, she was unable to return to that job. As a result of
the surgery, she moved in with her mother for a while but soon, she felt the need for
independence. She rented the trailer on Ashport Road and took a bartender job at
Sturdys. According to all the people I talked to, Linda was someone you would like
on a first encounter. She was attractive and very outgoing. Linda was the mother of a son
and a doting grandmother of three. Her grandchildren were little stair steps; a newborn, a
1- year old and a 2-year old. She would tell anyone who asked that she was "Nana
Linda" and proud of it.
What happened the night of July 12? Who took a knife and ended the life of this daughter,
mother, grandmother and friend to many. The family would like answers. They need to know
why. Her grandchildren still ask for Nana Linda because they do not understand.
The description that follows is of the last person seen talking to
Linda Grillo at Sturdy's Lounge (also known as The Highway 70 Lounge) the last night
before her death:
Mid to late 30's
Light Brown Hair (braided at the time)
Two day's beard growth
Long sleeve T-shirt under overalls
Walking with a limp and with the aid of a walking cane (from an injury supposedly from a
motorcycle wreck earlier in the year)
This individual is just wanted for questioning.
Can you help? If you have any information on this case please
call Madison County Sheriffs office at (901) 423-6009 or Crime Stoppers at (901)
424-8477 or firstname.lastname@example.org