Multi-agency probe launched after school bus driver discovers man's bound body in Decatur, Tennessee

Multi-agency probe launched after school bus driver discovers man's bound body in Decatur, Tennessee

May 15th, 2019 by Ben Benton in Breaking News

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a multi-agency investigation is underway after a man's bound body was discovered by a school bus driver Wednesday morning on Eaves Ferry Road in Decatur, Tennessee.

Officers from the Meigs County and McMinn County sheriffs' offices, the Decatur Police Department and the state agency are working in a joint operation, according to TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland.

Niland said the body is that of a white man and it was found around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials with Meigs County schools posted a statement on the system's Facebook page saying a Meigs County school bus driver spotted the body while picking up children and reported the discovery to authorities, "and transporting the students safely to school."

"At each school, counselors are available to talk with students, and the parents of the students on board the bus have been contacted. We will continue to provide on-going support services for our school community," officials state in the post.

Officials in Meigs County Sheriff Jackie Melton's office on Wednesday said the county office was deferring all questions related to the investigation to the TBI.

Eaves Ferry Road is a road less than a mile long that runs parallel to Decatur's northern city limits.

The investigation remains active and ongoing at this time, Niland said. Anyone with information is asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569. Follow him on Twitter @BenBenton or at www.facebook.com/benbenton1.


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