KCSO identifies victim in Tuesday’s homicide

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knox County Sheriff’s Office has identified 42-year-old Michael Beatty as the victim from Tuesday’s homicide investigation.

KCSO says that Beatty was found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

“Detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are currently investigating. Lt. Sanders says they have been following up on leads throughout the night and into today.”


Sheriff Tom Spangler says, “There is someone out there who has information that will help us in bringing the family closure.”

Callers can remain anonymous. We are asking them to call 865-215-2243 or they can send an anonymous tip via email to crimetips@knoxsheriff.org.

KCSO launches homicide investigation after man found dead from apparent gunshot wounds

EARLIER: Knox County Sheriff’s Office has launched a homicide investigation after a man in his early 40s was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

The victim was found just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 400 block of Dry Gap Pike.

The victim’s body has been transported to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy.

“Sheriff Spangler says this is an active and ongoing investigation, anyone with information should contact our Major Crimes Detectives at 865-215-2243 or email crimetips@knoxsheriff.org, you can choose to remain anonymous.”

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The name of the victim is being withheld until the next of kin is notified.

EARLIER: The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a body was found Tuesday morning in the 400 block of Dry Gap Pike.

KCSO spokesperson Kimberly Glenn said the investigation “is in the very preliminary stages” as of Tuesday afternoon; with KCSO’s Major Crimes Unit, Forensics Unit and the Medical Examiner on the scene.

The body was found at approximately 9:54 a.m.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they’re made available by officials.


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