Crimetracker: KPD calls homeless man's bizarre death suspicious

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Investigators believe the homeless man whose body was found beneath a tower of blankets died as a result of foul play, according to Knoxville Police Dept. spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.

He also said they know the identity of the man, but will not release his name until they can find his next-of-kin. They are withholding the cause of his death as well.

When officers found his body Tuesday night, it was in a tent at the bottom of a pile of blankets where four people were sleeping near Richards St.

Four people do face unrelated charges or are being held for questioning in connection with the man's death. According to the Knoxville Police Dept., an officer originally responded to a disturbance call in the 800 block of Richards St. around 8:15 p.m. There, he found a very intoxicated Charles Mathew Rose, who reported tried to force the officer onto the ground. Following a brief struggle, the officer managed to detain him.

During their investigation, officers discovered the homeless camp where they found four people sleeping in a tent. Once they got out of the tent, officers noticed the man's body in the corner covered up in blankets.

Rose was charged with Resisting Stop, Halt, Frisk, Arrest as well as Public Intoxication. He is being held on $1,250 bond. Three of the people in the tent Hope Carol Warvi, Joshua Cool, and Brandon Roberts each face charges of Assault (on a homeless male) and Theft.


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