Family seeks justice after learning the fate of Cocke County teen

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

MEGAN MAXWELL 

CASE TIMELINE:

 
April 26th, 2009
- Sometime After 12:00 a.m. – Maxwell receives a call to go check on her father because he has been “in a situation.”
 
-  4:00 a.m. – Police reportedly respond to Maxwell’s father’s home on Mineral Street in Newport. Family members say Megan, her father and Jeffrey Lee Stock, 41 were there. Stock was allegedly drunk and belligerent, but not arrest was made.
 
 4:27 a.m. – Megan calls her best friend to tell her she is finishing a cigarette and driving back to her grandmother’s home in Newport.
 
 Between 4:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. – Witnesses see Stock driving Maxwell’s 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. One told investigators that stock stopped to ask for a lighter, and kept “fiddling around” with something in the trunk.
 
 6:15 a.m. – An off-duty Newport Police Officer spots Megan’s car on fire along East Highway 25/70 near the French Broad River. Evidence found in the car leads investigators to believe she may have ended up in the river.
 
April 27th, 2009
-  Authorities begin searching up and down the French Broad River for Megan’s body. The search goes on for weeks.
 
April 30th, 2009
- Governor Phil Bredesen authorizes a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person responsible for the disappearance or death of Megan Maxwell.
 
May 9th, 2009
-  Jeffrey Lee Stock is taken into custody for violating the newly enacted “Adam Walsh Act.” He was indicted by a federal grand jury for being a convicted sex offender who traveled to the state of Indiana without registering. Stock was added to the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry after being convicted of sexual battery in 1997.  
 
June 2nd, 2009
-  The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office confirms Jeffrey Lee Stock is considered a person of interest in the Maxwell disappearance.  Police say evidence put Stock at Megan’s father’s home the night she disappeared and Mr. Maxwell had Stock’s car towed from his home sometime after Megan’s car had been discovered burning.
 
- Lisa Maxwell, Megan’s mother tells Volunteer TV News that her daughter knew Stock as an acquaintance of her father and that, “She didn't like him and I know that she had run him off from up there before."
 
June 6th, 2009
- Megan Maxwell's story is featured on America's Most Wanted.
  
September, 21st, 2009
-  Jeffrey Lee Stock enters a guilty plea in federal court to violating the Adam Wash Act. He still refuses to cooperate with the investigation into Maxwell’s death.
 
March 11th, 2010
Stock is sentenced to six years in a federal prison for violating the Adam Walsh Act. He is transported to Arizona to serve his term at the United States Penitentiary-Tucson. He'll remain there until 2014 and spend the rest of his life on federal supervised release.
 
November 4th, 2010
- A man walking his dog along Ponderosa Road near Parrottsville spots what appears to be a human skull and some bones. Cocke County deputies, Newport Police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation close access to the scene and begin searching the wooded area for more remains. They reportedly discover clothing on the scene as well.
 
-  The remains are taken to the University of Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville.
 
November 5th, 2010
-  Cocke County Sheriff Armondo Fontes calls a news conference to announce confirmation that the remains are those of Megan Maxwell.

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Confirmation of a family's worst fear came on Friday when they learned Megan Maxwell, 19 was killed and her body left in the woods.

"You do relive it every day, every single day. There's not much time at all in my mind that I'm not," said Lisa Maxwell, Megan’s mother.

Through her tears Lisa Maxwell thanked everyone for finding her daughter.

"It does drag you down, I have plenty of days. But you can't let get yourself so down that nothing gets accomplished," said Maxwell.

Friends and loved ones were there to show support.

"It is really sad, obviously but more relieved that it's finally over. We don't have to worry about where she is, she's finally back home now," said Hollie Lane, Megan’s best friend.

But Megan's family says this isn't closure and now they're facing another battle, seeking justice for Megan and punishment for her killer.

"I'm just ready to move on and finally just get the justice that Megan deserves,” said Lane. “She deserves it, she didn't deserve any of this.”

And just like the 18-month investigation it took to locate Megan's remains, the family says they will still keep Megan's name out in the public, to make sure that her case gets closed.

"I want her to always be remembered and how great of a person she was and how outgoing and happy she was all the time. Just, justice is what she deserves," said Stephanie Maxwell, Megan's sister.

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COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Cocke County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a set of human remains found on a rural road near Parrottsville are those of missing 19 year old Megan Maxwell.

Maxwell was last seen in April 2009. Her burned out car was found a day after she went missing.

Volunteer TV News has a crew in Cocke County and will bring you the latest all Friday afternoon and right here on VolunteerTV.com


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