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Missing Canadian Woman Located Safe by KCSO

Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Canadian woman reported missing last month was located safe in Knox County today by the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

23-year-old Chrisma Denny of Cape Breton in Canada was reported missing by her parents last month on November 4th. Denny is in a safe location and has agreed to stay there while detectives with KCSO's Major Crimes Unit work with Denny's family, the Cape Breton Regional Police, and the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police to ensure she returns home.

More details will be released as they develop.

Original press release from December 2, 2014:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Town Working with KCSO on Missing Woman Case Investigators with the Cape Breton Regional Police and Nova Scotia RCMP are in Knoxville, Tennessee working with Knox County Sheriff's Office and Detectives from within the Major Crimes Unit as part of ongoing efforts to locate 23-year-old Chrisma Ann Joy Denny.

The last confirmed sighting of Ms. Denny was in Knox County, Tennessee on September 19th. Police know she entered the United States in late August and interacted with police in Alabama and then Knox County; Police have explored numerous tips of information coming forward, but have been unable to confirm any further information concerning the disappearance of Ms. Denny.

Chrisma Denny was reported as missing by her family on November 4th, 2014; who had not had contact with her since August. She is described as 5' 6" tall and 145 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and light skin. Ms. Denny is known to travel by hitchhiking and is believed to frequent truck stops and rest areas.

Investigators and her family are very concerned for Ms. Denny's wellbeing. Police would like to locate and speak directly with Ms. Denny and ask anyone who has seen or spoken with her since September 19th to please contact the Knox County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243, Cape Breton Regional Police at (902) 563-5151, or Nova Scotia RCMP at 1-800-803-7267.



Homeowner Discharges Weapon During Reported Attempted Burglary

Friday, 19 December 2014
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of an attempted burglary in East Knox County. Officers responded to 8917 Millertown Pike just after 8:00 p.m. on Friday night. The homeowner reported that three suspects were outside on his property planning to burglarize his home. He discharged his weapon and the suspects fled. No one was injured. The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as they develop. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crime Unit at (865) 215-2243.



KCSO Searching for Farragut Pharmacy Armed Robbery Suspect

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man who robbed the Farragut Pharmacy located at 11424 Kingston Pike Thursday evening. The incident happened just after 6:00 p.m. when the suspect entered the store, jumped the counter, demanded pills, and stole money from the register. He was armed with a handgun and is believed to have fled on foot toward Kohl's department store. 

He is described as a white male, 6’2”-6’4”, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark hoodie, black pants,black tactical boots, and a black backpack at the time of the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO’S Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.



Person of Interest in Wednesday's Stabbing Arrested

Friday, 19 December 2014

A person of interest in the stabbing death of 62-year-old Ronald D. Echols was arrested this morning by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

20-year-old Ramacandra Hansen was arrested without incident by an ad-hoc task force comprised of KCSO’s Narcotics, Special Investigations, and Major Crimes Units on Chickamauga Avenue around 8:45 this morning. Hansen was wanted on an outstanding VOP (Violation of Probation) warrant and was being sought as a person of interest in the homicide of Echols. Hansen is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on the VOP and is not eligible for bond at this time. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes theft of property, theft, theft by shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession, and burglary.

Echols was killed Wednesday morning at Black Oak Apartments located at 3801 Oak Valley Drive. Officers responded to the apartment just after 6:00 a.m. and found him stabbed in his apartment. He was transported to UT Medical Center by Rural Metro and pronounced dead at the hospital.

A juvenile was charged with second degree murder in connection with this case and arrested yesterday afternoon.



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