NEW DETAILS: Body found in Knoxville motel

By: Brian Gregory, Assistant News Director
By: Brian Gregory, Assistant News Director

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Knoxville police have identified the person found dead in a South Knoxville motel Wednesday, but they say they cannot release the identity yet.

Police were called to room seven of the Sunset Motel, 6245 Chapman Highway, around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. They then called a Knoxville Fire Department Hazardous Materials crew to the scene to help recover the body.

KFD spokesperson Brent Seymour says that's standard procedure in cases where a person's body is not discovered until several days after his or her death.

Police say it appears the victim died of natural causes, but they have not yet been able to contact the person's next of kin.

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  • by D Location: S Knox on Jan 10, 2008 at 10:05 PM
    I am not convinced that this was natural causes. Why is his wallet, meds and car missing??? Why no details, why no funeral? Mary, do you know more than anyone knows??/
  • by mary Location: s knox on Jan 8, 2008 at 01:37 AM
    we know know it was natural causes and no funeral will be held we miss you tom tom, i do most of all , my heart was broke, but now you have peace, and all your friends do too, we hope u dance, love always, i miss our talks, i miss my best friend my rock...till we see each other again((()))(hugs)
  • by mary Location: s knox on Jan 7, 2008 at 01:26 AM
    rip thomas my brother, i will do as u asked me to do i will get to the bottom of this, let them come after me, if they did hurt u god help them, i love you thomas, go to the light, i will avenge it as i promised im not scared im mad.
  • by D Location: S Knox on Jan 6, 2008 at 09:33 PM
    R.I.P. Thomas.. Still can't believe this happened to you...You was always so nice, and the last time I saw you was in the breakroom, asleep on the futon. I hope we get info on this soon.Though he was visually handicapped, he gave alot of us a reason to go on.Just cant believe this was you that this happened to. I pray we get answers soon!!
  • by Mary Location: Knoxville on Jan 6, 2008 at 03:08 PM
    I knew Thomas as a Walmart Greeter, a very nice man who chose to work despite his disability. Thomas will be and is missed at the entrance of Walmart. I consider myself blessed to have been welcomed to the South Knoxville Walmart by Thomas.
  • by p Location: south knox. on Jan 5, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    I knew this man his name is not Ernest it is Thomas. He did work at Walmart. He will be missed by his Walmart family.
  • by D Location: S Knoxville on Jan 4, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    I knew this man. He worked at Walmart on Chapman Hwy. His name wasn't Ernest. There had to be foul play.
  • by Grimmreaper Location: Powell on Jan 4, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    It was not a crime. Natural Causes
  • by ernest t Location: Powell on Jan 3, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    Unfortunately we will all get old one day. Decisions you make today WILL greatly affect you when you get old. Prepare yourself so you do not find yourself alone in a run down hotel in a strange city.
  • by Jennifer Location: Knoxville on Jan 3, 2008 at 03:02 PM
    I knew of this person and he was an elderly man with multiple health problems. He had no family in this area. He had moved here from up north. Feel fortunate Ernest that your family has not come across such disfortune. Ones lifestyle is not always their choice.
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