Body found in field identified as missing Speedwell woman
Officials located the body, 35-year-old Samantha Mayes, near Dividing Ridge Road.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A body found Thursday afternoon was identified as a missing woman from Speedwell, according to Claiborne County Sheriff Bob Brooks.
Brooks said the body was positively identified as 35-year-old Samantha Jo Mayes.
Officials located the body near Dividing Ridge Road. Officers spoke with a resident who told officers Mayes’ body was in a field across the road from his home near a wood line, according to the report. The woman did not have clothes on, officials said.
Mayes went missing on April 16. WVLT News spoke with Mayes’ sister Laura Paul, who said she was most likely walking half a mile to her aunt’s house before she went missing. Paul also noted that Mayes was suffering from an eye infection at the time, making her partially blind.
Officers said they do not suspect foul play. The sheriff also said they are awaiting the results of an autopsy, sexual assault kit and a toxicology report.
Copyright 2022 WVLT. All rights reserved.