Knox County
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Knox County
Sheriff's Office

*** UPDATED*** Homicide Investigation

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***UPDATED 8-12-2020 16:20***

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler identifies the victim from Tuesday’s Homicide:  Michael Beatty DOB 07/29/1978.  Mr. Beatty was found deceased just before 10am on August 11, 2020.

Detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are currently investigating.  Lt. Sanders says they have been following up on leads throughout the night and into today.

Sheriff Spangler is asking for the public’s assistance.  “There is someone out there who has information that will help us in bringing the family closure.”  Callers can remain anonymous.  We are asking them to call 865-215-2243 or they can send an anonymous tip via email to

For Immediate Release: Homicide Investigation Contact: Kimberly Glenn
August 11, 2020 | Knoxville, Tennessee
Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a deceased male just before 10am this morning at 406 Dry Gap Pike in Knox County, Tennessee.
When Deputies arrived they discovered a deceased male believed to be in his early 40’s. Knox County Major Crimes Unit, Forensic’s Unit and Sheriff Tom Spangler responded to the scene. Preliminary investigation concludes the male had been shot. The victims body was transported via AMR to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center where an autopsy will be performed. Sheriff Spangler says this is an active and ongoing investigation, anyone with information should contact our Major Crimes Detectives at 865-215-2243 or e-mail<>, you can choose to remain anonymous.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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