Kingsport John Doe

Kingsport John Doe

On the morning of August 11, 2003, a woman bicycling through Riverfront Park in Kingsport, Tennessee called 911 to report a suspicious object in the Holston River. The object, which turned out to be a body in an advanced state of decomposition, was found about 20 yards offshore along the 1800 block of Netherland Inn Road. Local forensic teams determined the white male had been in the river for 7 to 10 days, and that drowning was the apparent cause of death. The man, between 40 and 80 years old, had partially graying hair, was 6’, and weighed 180 lbs. A BB&T bank envelope in the deceased pocket containing $267 was the best clue the investigators had, but that was not enough to identify him.

NamUs ID:               UP1546
Date Body Found: August 11, 2003
Estimated Age:     
Estimated PMI:     
7-10 days
Kingsport, TN

Agency of Jurisdiction
Kingsport Police Department
Martin Taylor, Detective Sergeant

Links to More Information

Status: Undergoing testing.

Image Credit: Catyana Falsetti


Posted on

May 11, 2019