Person of interest located after man’s body found in Knoxville house

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Police have located a person of interest after a man’s body was found in a home in the Beaumont neighborhood of Knoxville. Police suspect his death was a homicide.

Police identified the victim Wednesday as Robert Charles Pickle. The Knoxville Police Department was called to 1417 McSpadden Street around 3 p.m. Tuesday for a welfare check. They found Pickle’s body lying on the floor.

Mark Edward Phelan (source: Knoxville Police Department)

Later that day, officers began searching for Mark Edward Phelan, 30. He was found Wednesday at a relative’s home outside Knox County. He was taken into custody on unrelated charges. He has not been charged with Pickle’s death.

Police are continuing their investigation and have not released any other details.

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