Murder suspect arrested in Wears Valley

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Sevier County Sheriff Office says a man wanted for murder in Florida, who was also the subject of a manhunt Wednesday in Sevier County, has been taken into custody.

Deputies say around midnight Wednesday, officers along with U.S. Marshals, arrested James Brian Quilliams, 40, without incident at abandoned cabin in Wears Valley. Officers say a tip from a concerned citizen led them to the cabin.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office says it has been working with the Pinellas County Florida Sheriff’s Office since Tuesday attempting to locate Quilliams. He was wanted on a First Degree Murder warrant.

Quilliams is being held in the Sevier County Jail awaiting extradition back to Florida.


Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are searching for a Sevierville man wanted in connection with a murder charge in Pinellas County, Florida.

Investigators believe James Quilliams, 40, may have been dropped off near Gatlinburg early Wednesday morning by a woman was later arrested for DUI.

Rangers have received several reports of a man matching his description in the Sugarlands area.

Rangers have been searching area trails and roads. More than a dozen Rangers continue to search for the subject matching the description of Quilliams, who is believed to be on foot.

Rangers do not believe the individual poses a high risk to employees or the public at this time as he has not exhibited threatening behavior towards the general public. Visitors should not pick up any hitchhikers and should continue to exercise caution in the area.


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