THP: ‘Dense vegetation’ made discovery of deceased Jonesborough man’s crash site difficult


UPDATE (06/30) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released a report on the crash involving a deceased Jonesborough man who had been reported missing.

The body of Nicholas Todd was discovered by hikers Monday in a crashed vehicle in Unicoi County. Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said the vehicle was found in a creek on Spivey Mountain several hundred yards down an embankment.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that the body had been positively identified as Todd. He had last been seen by family members on June 2.

According to THP, the crash occurred in the 1300 block of Spivey Mountain Road.

THP reports the 2007 Hyundai Sonata was heading north when it “left the roadway on the left shoulder going down an embankment.”

The Hyundai overturned and came to a final uncontrolled rest on the driver’s side in the creek, according to THP.

The report states Todd had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Hensley told News Channel 11 on Tuesday that the vehicle was well-concealed from the roadway. THP made note of the difficulty in seeing the scene of the crash in the report.

“Due to heavy, dense vegetation off the roadway, it delayed discovery of the crash site,” the THP report states.

UPDATE (06/29) — According to Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal, the body of a man involved in a vehicular crash on Spivey Mountain Road in Unicoi County has been positively identified as Nicholas Rios Todd of Jonesborough.

Todd was last seen by family members on June 2.

Washington County investigators responded to the scene after being advised by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle matching the description of Todd’s had been located.

Human remains sent to the James Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy positively identified the body of Todd.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol continues to investigate the cause of the crash. No foul play in suspected at this time.


UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Authorities believe the body of a missing Jonesborough man has been found in a crashed vehicle in Unicoi County.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, a body was found Monday afternoon by a group of hikers on Spivey Mountain along Highway 19W. Hensley said the hikers spotted a vehicle in a creek with a man’s body in the driver’s seat.

Hensley said the hikers contacted the sheriff’s office, who responded with the Unicoi County Search & Rescue Squad to remove the body from the treacherous area.

Hensley told News Channel 11 that deputies checked the registration of the vehicle and discovered it was registered to Nicolas Todd, a Jonesborough man reported missing by his family.

The Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office has been seeking Todd, who was last seen by family members on June 2.

According to Hensley, Todd’s family lives along Highway 19W and investigators “strongly believe” the body in the vehicle is Todd.

The body has been sent for an autopsy to confirm the identity.

Hensley said the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were also notified of the incident.

Hensley told News Channel 11 he went along with members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to speak with the Todd’s family with after the body was discovered.

The vehicle appeared to have gone down a steep embankment for several hundred yards before crashing into the creek. Hensley said based on where the vehicle was found, it likely went through an opening along the highway’s curve where there is not a guardrail. He said the place where the body was found was well-concealed from the roadway.

THP is investigating the crash, according to Hensley. News Channel 11 reached out to THP for more details. A crash report has not been made available as of Tuesday morning.

Hensley said it appeared that the body and vehicle had been at the location for a significant amount of time.

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