KPD: Body identified after loved ones make discovery

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Loved ones searching for a missing man found a body on Monday. On Tuesday, authorities confirmed the body belonged to the man the loved ones had been looking for.

An autopsy revealed that the body was that of Rocky Joseph Bartolomei. Bartolomei was reported missing by family members on July 29, 2018. His last contact with family members occurred on July 26, 2018.

KPD said the body was found around 11:30 a.m. in the wood line near the 4300 block of North Broadway. Two men found what they believed was a body laying between a steep bank and the railroad tracks. The men told officers they had been looking for a loved one who lived nearby and had been missing for at least two weeks.

KPD said the body found had been deceased for quite some time.

The cause of death was unable to be determined during the preliminary autopsy.

KPD will release more information as the investigation continues. Its forensic unit as well as investigators with the Knox County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene.