TOP PHOTO; The body of this man, Jacob Kennamer, was discovered Saturday in Campbell County. Earlier last week, a man, believed to be Kennamer, was detained near the Duff underpass on Jellico Highway north of La Follette. Sheriff’s officials initially seemed confident that the man was Kennamer, but he was not wearing glasses. It ended up that the man was from Ohio and was soon released.

PIONEER, TN (WLAF) – A nearly week long search for a missing Kentucky man came to a close on Saturday afternoon here in Campbell County.

The body of Jacob Kennamer was found early Saturday afternoon along I-75. “After an extensive collaborative search effort to locate Jacob Kennamer we regretfully report the results are not what we had hoped for,” THP officials said. The search concluded around 1:30pm.

The search on Saturday began at 7am with multiple agencies involved including the La Follette Rescue Squad. It was said by the THP that the THP Knoxville Strike Team, Equu Search, Jellico Rescue Squad, TEMA, State Park Officials and the Morgan County Prison K-9 took part in Saturday’s efforts.

Earlier last week, a man, believed to be Kennamer, was detained near the Duff underpass on Jellico Highway north of La Follette. Sheriff’s officials initially seemed confident that the man was Kennamer, but he was not wearing glasses. It ended up that the man was from Ohio and was soon released.

The saga began on Sun., July 9, when troopers with the THP located a white Lexus four door belonging to Jacob Kennamer of Kentucky. The Lexus was parked near the 138-mile marker along I-75, a mountainous region of the interstate between the Caryville and Oneida exits.

Kennamer was last known to have rented a room at a hotel at Rocky Top. The THP believed Kennamer was armed and dangerous, and that he could also be experiencing a medical emergency. One official noted that Kennamer was not a suspect in any crime. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/17/2023-6AM)

4 Replies to “Missing Kentucky man found dead along I-75 in Campbell County”

  1. What the heck….Ive read that first paragraph over and over…Im confused.

  2. I’m so sad to hear that this man was found dead. Prayers for his family

  3. Two different men. First one met something in the description of the missing man but he did not wear glasses & he was from Ohio, not Kentucky. So theyblet him go. The man they were actually looking for was found deceased.

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