Tennessee-Megan Maxwell

Justice For Megan


Human remains identified as Newport teen Megan Maxwell

NEWPORT (WATE) – Law enforcement officials say Friday the human remains found Thursday in rural Cocke County were those of Newport teen Megan Maxwell.

Maxwell went missing in April 2009. Officials say Friday she was abducted and murdered, but wouldn’t name a cause of death.

The skull, other body parts and were found Thursday near where Maxwell’s burned out car was found shortly after her disappearance.

Sheriff Armando Fontes said the remains were identified Friday morning.

The remains had been in a wooded area off Ponderosa Road for “some time” according to a detective, but he said they had not been buried.

A man walking his dog found the remains and called law enforcement.

Officials say their investigation continues into a person or persons suspected of killing Maxwell.

Megan Maxwell’s mother, Lisa, says she’s relieved that “we can finally bring her home,” but her family has “no closure, not yet.”

Newport Police Department at 423-623-5556.
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