UPDATE: Human remains found by Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, TBI agents investigating missing person case

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HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — Human remains have been found during an investigation Friday by Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The initial dig site was established in regards to a missing man. Leroy James Chamberlin from Whitesburg went missing around March 1, 2019, according to HCSD.

“We’d come across some information that led us to a place of interest on the property and we then focused on that area and used ground penetrating radar,” HCSO Detective George Sauceman said.

According to HCSO, Chamberlin’s out of state family had been trying to get in touch with him since March of 2019, but were not able to get through to him. After multiple attempts to contact him, the family filed a missing persons report in July of 2020.

Police say Chamberlin’s wife said he’d packed up and moved to Florida to live with a friend, but they quickly found that not to be true.

“After months of investigating and retrieving documents from different banks, phone records, things just weren’t adding up,” Sauceman said.

No arrests have been made at this time, and police say no foul play is suspected. The identity of the remains is unknown at this time. Police say the case is on hold while they await an autopsy report. The TBI and the University of Tennessee’s anthropology department assisted with this case.

This is a developing story and we will update you as we learn more.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — Hamblen County Sheriff deputies and TBI agents are currently working a missing person case at a home on Simpson Road according to Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin.

Sheriff Jarnagin says that the home is being investigated and a dig site has been established near the residence.

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