Sheriff: Skull found in 2017 identified as Hawkins County man

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The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office says remains found in late 2017 were positively identified in November 2018 as Jason Arnold, but the cause of his death is not known.

The sheriff’s office in Hawkins County says it needs the public’s’ help determining the circumstances surrounding the Church Hill man’s death. 

The sheriff’s office reports deputies were alerted in November 2017 to a human skull found in the area of Cherry Lane in Church Hill.  

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson says the remains were sent to James H. Quillen College of Medicine and then they were transferred to the National Missing and Unidentified Person System in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Arnold was reported missing in Hawkins County in December 2016. The sheriff’s office says his remains were found on another property in a field behind his home. 

Deputies along with other local and state agencies conducted three separate searches of the area using cadaver K-9s and grid searches, according to the sheriff’s office. Arnold’s skeletal remains were found on top of the ground in one general location, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Sheriff Lawson says the cause of man’s death has not been determined. He asks if anyone has information to contact his detectives by calling the sheriff’s office at 423-272-6514.

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