Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 15, 2014

Body believed to be missing man

No foul play is suspected

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A body found in a farm pond off Hwy. 127 N Friday afternoon is believed to be that of a Cumberland County man who has been missing since October, according to the sheriff's department. At this time, no foul play is suspected.

John Richard Brown, 43, of Robin Ct. in Windridge Estates, was reported missing by family members around Oct. 22. At the time, the Cumberland County Rescue Squad and sheriff's department conducted a search of the wooded area immediately around the residence where Brown was living without success.

While the body has not postively been identified, according to Sheriff's Chief Investigator Casey Cox, authorities believe it to be that of Brown. A wallet was recovered from the victim's clothing, along with an EBT debit card, that belong to the missing man.

Brown was disabled and legally blind but was not known to have any other health problems.

Positive identification, cause and approximate time of death are to be established by the Tennessee State Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville where the body was transported for an autopsy.

The body was found in a farm pond located at the end of Norris Rd. off Hwy. 127 N around 4:45 p.m. by Mike Harvell, who was checking on cattle on the property.

Sheriff's investigators have been working on leads since Brown's disappearance was first reported.