NEW DETAILS: Body found in Knoxville motel

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Knoxville police have identified the person found dead in a South Knoxville motel Wednesday, but they say they cannot release the identity yet.

Police were called to room seven of the Sunset Motel, 6245 Chapman Highway, around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. They then called a Knoxville Fire Department Hazardous Materials crew to the scene to help recover the body.

KFD spokesperson Brent Seymour says that's standard procedure in cases where a person's body is not discovered until several days after his or her death.

Police say it appears the victim died of natural causes, but they have not yet been able to contact the person's next of kin.

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