The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are looking into the discovery of the body of a woman in a section of the Greasy Creek community.
According to McMinn County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division detective Tim Carver, the body may be that of Faith Nicole Corum, 33, of McMinn County.
Kristen Helm, information officer for TBI said the body of a woman was found Thursday on Kimsey Mountain Road in Reliance.
“The medical examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy and working to make positive identification,” Helm said.
Area media reports indicated two people were in federal custody on alleged drug charges.
The initial case began in McMinn County when the female was reported missing Monday.
“Our detectives learned she may have went to Polk County and began to follow-up on the investigation,” McMinn Co. Sheriff Joe Guy said.
Carver said Corum was reported missing by her mother and hadn’t been seen since Jan. 19.
“Her mother had dropped her off in Etowah and she was going to be staying with some friends identified as Wilford Wesley and Amanda Wright,” Carver said.
“Her mother reported her missing to Polk County first on Feb. 2,” Carver said, adding he was then provided the information.
According to reports, officials rappelled down a mountain in the Greasy Creek community and recovered a body. West Polk Fire Rescue and other area rescue and law enforcement personnel aided at the scene, according to officials.
Carver said the body appeared to have been in the outdoor elements for several days and there was no indication available regarding the cause of death.
The body was transported to Nashville where an autopsy will be performed and identification will be possibly determined through dental records, according to Carver.
No information has been released by PCSO officials regarding the identification of the body or the two people who were taken into custody.