Investigation into death concluded
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Feb 09, 2014 | 1731 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Investigation into the death of a man whose body was found just off Interstate 75 Thursday has concluded and the manner of death determined as self inflicted.

According to Lt. Robert Harbison or the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Lester Johnson Jr., of Mobile, Alabama, had been reported missing since Sunday.

Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Gray Gibson spotted a gray vehicle parked on I-75 Wednesday.

Gibson said he checked tag information and no indication was given that Johnson had been reported missing.

Gibson placed a sticker on the car, which indicated the car needed to be removed from the location which was near Paul Huff Parkway.

While on interstate patrol Thursday, Gibson once again noticed the car still parked on the side of the interstate.

He reportedly checked information once again, then found a cell phone inside the car.

According to Gibson, he dialed a number in the phone and spoke with a Johnson family member who told him that Johnson had been reported missing, but information regarding his vehicle was not known at the time of the missing person’s report filing.

Gibson and another trooper began to investigate further and located Johnson’s body.

CPD’s Criminal Investigations Division was called to the scene and began an investigation.

According to Harbison, it was determined Johnson climbed onto a billboard sign and jumped off, causing his death.

An autopsy was performed.