A statewide plea for help was issued by TBI Friday afternoon, according to a media release by TBI Information Officer Kristen Helm.
TBI and the Sheriff’s Office are looking for the vehicle of Lance Michael Larson. It is described as a tan 2003 Kia Spectra 4-door, with a Missouri registration CF1S9R.
Larson, 29, of O’Fallon, Mo., was identified as the person officials found dead. His vehicle was missing, according to Helm.
The cause of death is still under investigation and an autopsy was to be performed Friday, according to Helm.
TBI was requested by the district attorney general to assist the sheriff’s office in the case.
“Larson’s body was found in the Little River approximately a half mile downstream from the Roddy Branch boat access area off Old Knoxville Highway in Rockford. Larson may have been on foot or driving,” Helm said.
“Law enforcement is also requesting the public’s help from anyone who has seen or spoken to Larson in the last few weeks. He is described as a white male, 6-feet-2-inches tall, brown eyes, neck length brown hair and a light beard. In February, Larson traveled to Lynchburg, Va., from his home in O’Fallon. Last known contact with his family in Missouri was around Feb. 20, when he told his parents he was headed back to Missouri. It is not known why Larson was in the Rockford area,” according to Helm.
Anyone with information is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-824-3463 or the Blount County Communications Center at 865-983-3620.
n A number of items were reportedly taken from the cab and bed of a Bradley County Road Department vehicle last week.
According to a report filed by deputy Paul Allen of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, officials at the road department said someone entered a dump truck parked at the Pleasant Grove location and took a radio.
The windows were broken.
Also, burglars apparently used bolt cutters to gain entry to a van, taking a phone charger and other items. Welding leads were taken from another vehicle.
Damages and loss were estimated at more than $500.
Investigation is continuing.