Michigan family searches for answers after man’s body found behind Knoxville church

Raynard Enlow (source: family)
Raynard Enlow (source: family)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Michigan family wants answers after their loved one was found dead behind a Knoxville church.

Knoxville police say an ambulance crew happened to be parked close to Norwood Church of Christ and discovered the body of Raynard Enlow, 25. He was reported missing by his father last week and days later his 2010 Dodge Challenger was found abandoned in Maryville.

Enlow’s sister says the family feels like they can’t find peace because there are so many unanswered questions. Raynard Enlow was a father to three little girls, a brother and a son.

“Have a bad day, he’s the person to make your day,” said his sister Penneta Enlow.

Life just doesn’t seem right for the Enlow family. They say Raynard Enlow was charming, hardworking, and funny.

“What happened to him? What happened?” asked his sister.

The family still isn’t clear about why he was in Knoxville in the first place.

“All he needed was a GPS, a car, and some money in his pocket and he’s going all over,” added Enlow.

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For days the Detroit family has gotten bits and pieces since he went missing.

“Once they found his car, we were like, ‘All right, you found his car. Where is he at?’ He wasn’t going to leave his car,” said Enlow.

At this point police aren’t releasing a possible cause of death because the investigation is open.

“It’s senseless, it’s confusing and left a lot of people empty. We’re not at peace,” added Enlow.

His sister says they’ve lost sleep calling anyone they could think of for answers.

“We got to do what we got to do to try and figure out what happened to him.”

While this tight-knit family waits, they’re holding this brother and father close in their hearts.

“Our mom taught us we’re all we got at the end of the day. We protect each other,” said Enlow.

Raynard Enlow’s body is at the Knox County Forensic Center, his family says because of that they can’t find any kind of closure until he’s back home in Michigan. Knoxville police are treating Enlow’s death as a homicide. Several people have already been interviewed by investigators.

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