Cocke County man charged with murder in Oregon cold case

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — An arrest in Cocke County is believed to have solved a cold case nearly 2,600 miles away, in Oregon.

Kenneth Gipson, 62, of Del Rio was indicted on a murder charge in April by a Grand jury in Washington County, Oregon. The indictments are sealed, the court said.

However Sgt. Clint Chrz, a spokesperson for the Hillsboro Police Department, said the case began as a missing persons report in July 1999. Anthony Kennedy, who was 22 at the time of his disappearance, is the victim in the case, Chrz said.

The Charley Project, an organization that keeps the names and photos of missing people in front of the public, posted about Anthony Dale Kennedy online.

Screenshot of a webpage from The Charley Project,

Hillsboro Police Department Detectives Tobby Cook and Megan Townsend began working on the missing persons cold case and in April an indictment for murder was handed down on Gipson.

Gipson was taken into custody on May 3 at his residence on Ravens Branch Road by officers from Oregon and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held for extradition back to Oregon.

Gipson was unarmed and taken into custody without incident, according to an arrest report from Cocke County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsboro Police Department in Oregon.

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