Family seeks justice after learning the fate of Cocke County teen

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email



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.


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

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  • by angelina Location: newport on Nov 8, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    god is lucky to have that sweet girl beside him just think of it this way i know its sad shes not with us but theres only one other place she can be so save us a spot up there girl we love you.....and now I know that God will some how bring JUSTICE!
  • by Shirley Location: Greeneville on Nov 6, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Rest in peace, Megan. God, please comfort this family.
  • by tom Location: knoxville on Nov 6, 2010 at 01:43 AM
    wil you please send hm to me so i can find out what really happen
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 at 08:32 PM
    Bless you in oh so many ways
  • by Vickie Location: South Knoxville on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:41 PM
    There are no words to say that can ease your pain for there are so many unanswered questions as to why somone would want to do this to such a beautiful person. Just remember that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope and pray they find the Monster or Monsters that did this to her real soon for they do not deserve to be out enjoying their life for they took Megan's and she did not deserve what was done to her. Stay in focus on God and he will bring you through this and the guilty ones will eventually be found.
  • by Dorothy Location: Scott County on Nov 5, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    I'm so thankful that Megan Maxwell has been found. Hopefully the authorities can find clues where she was found to find out why and who put her there. I pray for her family I know their pain, I still feel the pain,my precious mother was found 5-11-10 after being missing for over 3 years.This seems to have become an epidemic. Please everyone try to be more cautious and aware of who is around you. If anyone out there has any information that will help police solve this I beg you to come forward. My heart goes out to this family, God always makes a way, things done in secret, He will make them known and whoever took Megan Maxwell's life, God will bring that to light as well cause He knows who you are, and you can't run and hide from HIM because HE ALREADY KNOWS YOUR NAME! HE SAW YOU AND KNOWS EVERYTHING YOU DID. SHE WAS FOUND, YOU THOUGHT SHE WOULDN'T BE and science is so amazing today,you ought to turn yourself in you might avoid the death penalty.
  • by Robert Location: Parrottsville on Nov 5, 2010 at 04:37 PM
    Finally some closure (of sorts) can come to the Maxwell family. Only when the person or persons are cought and punished will they receive complete closure. To the are in my thoughts and prayers!
  • by john Location: dandridge on Nov 5, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    there is no happy ending in this story,the only thing is the family can have some closure


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