PHILADELPHIA, Tenn. (WATE) – The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday the skeletal remains found on Tuesday were believed to be that of a male hitchhiker.
The victim is believed to have died one-to-five years ago.
“While the scene on Interstate 75 is still an active and ongoing investigation, preliminary evidence is consistent with that of someone we believe to be a male and possibly a homeless transient or hitchhiker,” LCSO spokesman Cpl. Matt Fagiana said.
The man may have died from natural causes or exposure to the elements, according to LCSO, saying its Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to process the sscene so it can rule out any other possibilities in cause of death.
“At this time, foul play is not suspected,” Cpl. Fagiana said.
The investigation is ongoing.
On Tuesday, TDOT workers discovered the remains near the Philadelphia exit on Interstate 75. LCSO launched the investigation into the discovery of human skeletal remains.
“This is an active crime scene. LCSO authorities will release more information as this investigation continues,” LCSO said in its social media post on the investigation Tuesday.
WATE 6 On Your Side is working to learn more and will update when additional details are made available.