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Mushroom hunters find remains of Morristown woman missing over 2 years

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) - Remains found in Grainger County on Wednesday have been identified as a Morristown woman missing for more than two years.

The Morristown Police Department says the remains of Inesha Haygood were found in rural Grainger County near Bean Station by two men who were hunting mushrooms. Identification was made on Thursday using dental records.

Her family said police told them her body was buried.

"It wasn't what we were expecting," said Inesha's mom, Brenda Haygood. "We had still been praying she was live and out there somewhere."

Read more: Morristown famly continues search for loved one 2 years after disappearance

Inesha Haygood was reported missing by her family on January 5, 2016 walking from her house on Lakeview Circle. Since that time, numerous searches were conducted in several areas and investigators followed numerous leads.

In February 2016, Simeon Cruz Mendoza was arrested and charged with making false reports/statements relating to Haygood' disappearance.

Brenda Haygood says she believes he is involved in her death.

"He was the last person she was with. He lied about her wear about and everything. He was held here in jail until November, so he was held over a year, but he was released November the ninth."

Inesha Haygood's family took to Facebook on Thursday evening to react to the news of her discovery.

Inesha haygood leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter. 

"I just had to come out and tell her the truth before she heard stuff from everybody else," said Brenda Haygood. "When her mother first went missing I told her there was a possibility she was deceased."

Morristown police are still seeking information about Inesha Haygood's disappearance. Anyone with information should contact police at (423) 585-2701.


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