KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that a missing East Tennessee man who was the subject of a Silver Alert has been found dead.
John Robert Hancock, 55, was found on Friday, four days after he was first reported missing by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. A Silver Alert for Hancock was issued by the TBI on Thursday, Aug. 17.
He was last seen riding his blue Polaris four-wheeler into the woods in the Otto Williams Road area near Cosby. The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office said he has heart trouble and prior history of stroke.
“We would like to offer condolences to his family and friends,” a TBI announcement said.
Authorities say nearly 400 people go missing in Tennessee each year. That’s five people for every 100,000. Check this list of people missing from East Tennessee to see if you can help locate someone.