Remains found in Loudon County identified as Knoxville woman

Remains found in Loudon County identified as Knoxville woman

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Pamela K. Knight (source: family) Pamela K. Knight (source: family)
Paul Knight (source: Knoxville Police Department) Paul Knight (source: Knoxville Police Department)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

LOUDON (WATE) - The human remains found January 19 in a wooded area in Loudon County have been identified as Pamela K. Knight, of Knoxville.

Knight was 35 when she disappeared from her home on Bruhin Road in Fountain City in October 2005.

She went with her husband, Paul, in a 1994 Jeep Cherokee around 4:00 a.m. the day of her disappearance and was never seen again. Knight had three sons. It was her youngest son's birthday that day.

"That was the morning of my younger brother Michael's birthday. She came in, woke him up, wished him, and said we'll go out after school," said Phillip Clabough, Pamela's oldest son who was 11 years old at the time.

Pamela Knight never showed up for work at Hillcrest Healthcare that day and never picked her kids up from school. The Jeep was later found abandoned in Jacksonville, Florida.

"I hoped that if she was alive and if she was around, that she would come home," explained Clabough.

Knight's mother said shortly after the disappearance she thought Paul Knight had killed her daughter.

Paul was Pamela's second husband. The couple met in an Internet chat room while he was in prison. Paul Knight served time in Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex for aggravated burglary, theft and other charges.  The boys remember him being in and out of the picture.

"Because he would leave to do jail time. We didn't really know what he was about," said Clabough.

Police interviewed Paul Knight as a suspect in the case several times, but without a body they could never make Pamela Knight's disappearance a murder investigation. It was always a missing person case. That changes with the discovery of Knight's remains.

"Well I know who did it. I hope he goes down bad," said Clabough, talking about Paul Knight.

Paul Knight is currently serving prison time in Louisiana.

Pamela Knight's remains were identified through dental records.

The remains, which were wrapped in a comforter, were found in a wooded area off Eblen Road in Loudon County near the Roane County line by two men looking for scrap metal.

The Loudon County Sheriff's Office and Knoxville Police Department are working together to follow leads in this case.

Anyone with information about this case should call Lt. Patrick Upton with the Loudon County Sheriff's Office at 865-986-4823.

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