Family seeks justice after learning the fate of Cocke County teen

TBI and Cocke County deputies tape off a wooded area near Parrottsville where the remains of Megan Maxwell were discovered.
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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

Megan Maxwell's car after police found it on fire along Dixie Highway.
Ponderosa Road near Parrottsville where Cocke County authorities and the TBI found human remains eventually identified as Megan Maxwell.

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