Neighbors On Edge Over Body

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Police still haven't said whose body was found burned and abandoned in a North Knoxville neighborhood.

All we know for sure is that it belonged to a woman.

The lack of new information about the incident has put some of the families on Hoitt Avenue on edge.

They say to them it seems their neighborhood haws become a dumpster for bodies.

Buttercup's no detective but what the seven-year-old Great Dane found has her owner calling her Scooby-Doo.

"I couldn't really make out what it was, but when I got over here it was a dead body," said Damon Lenoir. "From the waist down, she was burnt. She was face down in the grass and she had a tattoo on her back. She didn't have on a shirt."

Lenoir, 18, walks Buttercup in the North Knoxville alley near Hoitt and Boone every other day.

"I just take her over there where she can run around, and let all her energy out," he said.

Yesterday afternoon's discovery brought out the KPD Mobile Crime Lab.

But so far police haven't said anything, other than that it was the body of a woman.

"I know I didn't get much sleep last night just thinking about it," Lenoir said.

Neither did Angela Galaviz's two girls.

The body was just yards away from their home.

"I'm not used to waking-up and there's people that have been cooked in your backyard," Galaviz said.

Now she's scared off her own porch.

"For the last three or four nights I've left my windows open at night to got some nice cool air," the mom said. "That will not be happening now."

Neighbors say the body's the talk of every home on Hoitt Avenue.

But this isn't the first time something like this happened to this neighborhood.

In January, just a few blocks away, the railroad tracks near Ninth Avenue held the body of Christopher Newsom.

"Prior to that there was a body that someone was shot and thrown out of a car a couple streets over," said Rhonda Gallman, who also lives by where the body was found.

They say it is turning their neighborhood into a dumping ground.

"It seems to be an area for depositing bodies," Gallman said.

Lenoir just hopes his dog gives up the police work.

"I think she's off this case," he said.

In the real world, a lost life is no cartoon.

Knoxville police say they can't release any more information because it could affect their investigation.

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