Missing DeSheena Kyle found dead

The body was found on Sam Tillery Road during the search for the missing 26-year-old.
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 7:31 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2021 at 12:16 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Through leads developed as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of DeSheena Kyle, officers with the Knoxville Police Department found a body at a residence in the 6900 block of Sam Tillery Road Thursday.

The body was transported to the Regional Forensic Center for a full autopsy and for identification. Officials confirmed that the body found was DeSheena Kyle Thursday morning.

DeSheena Kyle was reported missing from her apartment at 1307 Wilson Road on June 28 by her grandmother, who authorities said last spoke to her on June 14. She has not been seen or heard from her since June 23, according to police.

More than three months after her disappearance, the Knoxville Police Department declared the DeSheena Kyle case a possible homicide and named her boyfriend a person of interest.

Kyle’s cause of death was ruled as a homicide, officials said. Charges have not been filed yet, officials said, and the incident is still under investigation.

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