Body found in Tellico believed to be missing woman

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A body found in Tellico, Tennessee this afternoon is believed to be that of a Knox County woman missing since last week, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said a couple was boating and discovered a body in the water at Poplar Springs boat ramp around 1:00 p.m. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office responded and their preliminary investigation indicated that the victim is Rita May Eastes, 56, who had been reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as missing after last being seen by her daughter on August 10.

The Knox County Regional Forensic Center responded and took possession of the body for further examination, including positive identification and cause of death. Foul play is not suspected, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

This is a developing story. Stay with WATE 6 On Your Side for more details.

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