Body discovered near East Knoxville brush fire

Body discovered near East Knoxville brush fire

26 February 2009

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USA — Authorities discovered a body in East Knoxville on Wednesday night while investigating a brush fire.

Police said a community member called 911 around 9:45 PM after noticing smoke near the recycling plant on Mitchell Street at Wright Street. Crews were trying to locate the source of the smoke when they found the body of a man in a wooded area behind the plant and along I-40.

Fire officials told Volunteer TV News that there was a brush fire in the area of the crime scene, and the body appeared to be burned. They also believe the area is part of a homeless camp.

Police say they have tentatively identified the victim, but they declined to release his identity except to say that the victim is male.

Investigators have not released any more details about the incident. The KPD Major Crimes Unit and Criminalistics Unit were called to the scene to seal it off and begin an investigation. The body was later taken to the University of Tennessee Forensic Center to undergo an autopsy, but police say there are no obvious signs of foul play.

Police do not believe the body has any connection to another body found late Wednesday in a field along the Tennessee River near Riverside Drive and the James White Greenway. That body was found in an area also known as a homeless camp, and police indicated it may have also had some connection to a fire.

Stay with Volunteer TV News and for the latest details both stories as they develop.

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