Alabama man’s body found in area near I-75
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Feb 07, 2014 | 2589 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cleveland Police Department officials are investigating the discovery of a body found in a wooded area near Interstate 75.

According to reports, a car parked along Interstate 75 near the Paul Huff Parkway exit had been towed by Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Evie West, information officer for CPD, said the car had an Alabama registration.

On Wednesday, THP trooper Gray Gibson checked the vehicle. Gibson reported the vehicle was running. He tagged the vehicle for future removal, according to West, then Thursday, Gibson checked the vehicle once again after noticing it hadn’t been removed from the interstate.

Gibson reportedly found a cellphone inside the car and dialed a previously placed call.

West said the person he reached informed Gibson that Lester Johnson Jr., 39, of Mobile, Alabama, had been reported missing.

Gibson and another trooper then walked into a wooded area just off the interstate and located Johnson’s body, according to West.

Detective Mark Gibson of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division informed West that there appeared to be no signs of foul play involved, but an investigation into the cause of death is continuing and an autopsy is to be performed.

- A Harrison Pike resident returned home to find pry marks on her door.

According to a report filed by deputy Laura Lane of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, no entry to the home was made.

Lisa Snapp said she was moving from the residence and returned, making the discovery.

Damage was estimated at $500.

- An estimated $8,000 in copper cable was taken from a cell tower site located on McClanahan Road.

The discovery was made Tuesday, according to a report filed by deputy Doug Boucher.

Allen Ridgeway of SBA said the copper was cut between Jan. 26 and Tuesday.

Approximately 150 feet of cable was taken.

Investigation is continuing.