UPDATE: Tusculum PD identify missing man found in Nolichucky River as man sought in investigation

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GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- UPDATE – The Tusculum Police Department has released the name and identity of the man whose body was found in the Nolichucky River on Sunday.

According to a release from TPD, the man was identified as 54-year-old John Dillihunt of Greeneville.

Dillihunt was reportedly being sought for investigation after he allegedly fled from law enforcement in a vehicle during an incident on October 14.

On October 14, the driver of the vehicle eluded Tusculum police, then ran the vehicle into a field and fled on foot into a heavily wooded area along the Nolichucky River on Old Jonesborough Road with Dillihunt.

On that night, no suspects were located.

TPD says on October 19, one of the suspects was located and gave authorities the name of a female suspect and Dillihunt. He told police Dillihunt had run into the woods with him, but he had not had contact with him since.

The suspect told police he had entered the river and swam across, but he was not sure if Dillihunt had gotten in the river.

A search of the area described did not reveal any signs of Dillihunt, according to the release.

Dillihunt’s family spoke with TPD on October 21, voicing concerns that he may have entered the river and saying they hadn’t heard from him in five days.

A missing person’s report was filed and a search was conducted on the water with no success.

Two fishermen located the body on Sunday, and it was recovered the next day after darkness put the search on hold.

TPD says it is believed Dillihunt may have been in the water since October 14, and he was located two miles from where he entered the woods.

No foul play is suspected, and the body has been sent for an autopsy.

Charges have reportedly been placed on the male and female suspects involved in the October 14 incident.


Officials with the Tusculum Police Department said a body found by a fisherman over the weekend in the Nolichucky River is that of a man reported missing from Greene County.

Tusculum Police officials have not yet released the name of that missing Greene County man, as they work to notify next of kin.

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