Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Medical Examiner's Office Identifies Body Found in Beaver Creek
The man found deceased in a North Knoxville creek yesterday has been identified. The body of 35-year-old Michael Lee Buckner of Knoxville was found in Beaver Creek, 2728 West Emory Road, by a local resident around 3:23 on Tuesday afternoon. The Knox County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body on Wednesday and is working to determine the cause of death, and the investigation is ongoing.
Buckner was last seen on August 15, 2015. Anyone who has had contact with him since then (or anyone with any information) is asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.
Body Found Yesterday is Male; Investigation Ongoing
KCSO Investigating Body Found in Water
Texas Valley Baptist Church Fire Still Under Investigation
The cause of Saturday’s Texas Valley Baptist Church fire is still under investigation. The Knox County Fire Investigation Unit; State of Tennessee Bomb and Arson Section; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives worked throughout the weekend to process the fire scene. Investigators conducted numerous interviews and excavated the fire scene in an attempt to determine the fire’s cause. Investigators have determined that the fire originated in a room off the back of the sanctuary. No clear cause has been determined at this point as investigators are still conducting interviews and analyzing items taken from the scene. County, state, and federal investigators all worked together during this investigation due to the amount of manpower required to conduct a fire investigation of its size.