Police identify body found on vacant lot in Lenoir City

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LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Lenoir City Police Department identified a body found on a vacant lot Thursday as Rudy Stricker, 37. His cause of death has not yet been determined. Results from an autopsy are pending.

A man points to the place he discovered a body in Lenoir City. (WVLT)

A neighbor told WVLT News he found a body on a property near his Lenoir City home on Thursday, May 16.

Preston Sutton said he thought he smelled a dead animal but upon further investigation, he said he discovered a human body in the woods behind his home.

Sutton told WVLT News the body belonged to a man who was wearing a shirt but no pants and appeared to be in his mid 30's. Sutton knows his neighbors but said he did not recognize this man.

Sutton said the body had likely been there for at least a week.

Lenoir City Police Chief Don White told WVLT News investigators identified the body but were still in the process of notifying family members.

Harry Stricker claims to be the victim's brother. He asked us not to identify his brother but said, "Pretty much [he was] an honest man. If he owed you something -- he'd give it to you. If you need something -- he'd give it to you."

The body was found near a creek about a five to 10 minute walk from Sutton's home off Church Drive. He described the neighborhood as a rural area.

Stricker suspects something suspicious. "Something isn't right," he said. "There's a lot of people lacing methamphetamine with fentanyl and it's bad. It's killing people."

Chief White said officers processed the area as a crime scene but wouldn't say whether foul play was suspected. "Anytime we find a body we work it as a scene and collect any evidence."

Chief White said a medical examiner was working to determine a cause of death.

WVLT News has a crew at the scene working to learn more.

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