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Body Found in Water Believed to be Missing Knox County Woman

Sunday, 13 August 2017
A body found in Tellico, Tennessee this afternoon is believed to be that of a Knox County woman missing since last week. A couple boating discovered a body in the water at Poplar Springs boat ramp around 1:00 p.m. The Loudon County Sheriff's Office responded and their preliminary investigation indicated that the victim is 56-year-old Rita May Eastes, who had been reported to the Knox County Sheriff's Office as missing after last being seen by her daughter on August 10th. The Knox County Regional Forensic Center responded and took possession of the body for further examination, including positive identification and cause of death. Foul play is not suspected. The Knox County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit would like to thank the public, the Loudon County Sheriff's Office, and the Knox County Regional Forensic Center for their assistance in the matter.



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