Blount County commissioner died as a result of natural causes, sheriff says

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WALLAND, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Blount County sheriff's department has released preliminary autopsy results for Gordon Wright Sr. after he was found dead on his property. According to Blount County Sheriff James Berrong, Wright died as a result of natural causes.

The autopsy was performed this morning at the University of Tennessee Forensics Center.

Mr. Wright's body was found on Wednesday morning about a quarter mile from where his black Jeep was found Tuesday evening. He was reported missing Tuesday afternoon.


A search for Blount County Commissioner Gordon Wright Sr. is over after he was found dead near his cabin, according to Blount County Sheriff James Berrong.

The Sheriff's Office said they found Wright's body around a quarter-mile from Wright's abandoned Jeep. A neighbor told deputies on Tuesday that he found Wright's disabled vehicle along a road leading to the cabin.

Officials launched a search for Wright yesterday after no one had seen him since Monday afternoon. The 69-year-old represented Blount County's District 8.

The Sheriff's Office said they are investigating the circumstances surround Wright's death, but tells Local 8 News a preliminary investigation suggests there was no foul play involved.



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