PHOTOS: TBI requests public's help to identify body found in Jefferson County

Published: Mar. 12, 2019 at 3:03 PM EDT
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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said they are investigating a possible homicide after a body was found in a "suspicious bag" on the lakeshore near Lake Ridge Drive in Dandridge on Sunday, March 10. Now, the TBI says they need help from the public to identify the body.

Wednesday, the sheriff's office gave some details about the person found. Officials said the body is thought to belong to an adult male. He was found wearing a Walking Dead t-shirt. Investigators found the name 'Gerald' on his clothing.

According to the TBI, the body was wearing a Walking Dead t-shirt, blue jeans and a belt buckle with a horse and horseshoe on it.

The sheriff's office said no missing persons cases in Jefferson County match the description of the body.

On Sunday, deputies arrived on the scene after a complaint about the suspicious bag by a civilian.

The body was taken to the Forensic Center in Knoxville for further examination, and the sheriff's office said they are still waiting on information. They will not have any further information until next week.

The sheriff's office said they are not releasing the police report at this time.

Investigators from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Attorney General's office are working on the case. Anyone with any information is asked to reach out to the TBI at 1-800-TBI FIND or the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 865-397-9411.

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