TBI: Body of missing Gatlinburg 76-year-old found

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials issued a Silver Alert for a 76-year-old missing out of Gatlinburg Monday.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials issued a Silver Alert for a 76-year-old missing out of Gatlinburg Monday.
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 1:27 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2022 at 9:30 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials announced that a 76-year-old woman at the center of a Silver Alert was found dead on Saturday. Seth Butler with the city of Gatlinburg told WVLT News that she was found about two miles from where officials found her car in the Martha Sundquist State Forest area in Cocke County.

TBI officials first announced Claudene Whaley was missing out of Gatlinburg on Aug. 8.

The alert came out around 1:20 p.m., naming Whaley as the missing person. TBI officials announced that she might be traveling in a white Toyota Highlander with Tennessee tag EP1946, and that car was later found in Cocke County along Gulf Road in the Hartford area.

Cocke County responders, along with TBI officials, set up a search outpost at Grassy Fork Station 1. They conducted a search for Whaley.

Cocke County responders, along with TBI officials, set up a search outpost at Grassy Fork...
Cocke County responders, along with TBI officials, set up a search outpost at Grassy Fork Station 1.(CCEMA)

Seth Butler, a representative with the City of Gatlinburg, sent WVLT News this statement from the Gatlinburg Police Department:

The white 2007 Toyota Highlander associated with the Silver Alert issued on Monday for Claudene Whaley, 76, who was reported missing from her Gatlinburg residence on Sunday evening, was found in Hartford, Tennessee area of Cocke County on Gulf Road on Wednesday evening. Ms. Whaley was not located with her vehicle.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Gatlinburg Police Department, the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department, Cocke County Emergency Management Association, and Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department are currently conducting a search in the area.

Gatlinburg Police Department

Whaley also had a medical condition that could have made it dangerous for her to return home, officials said.

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