UPDATE: Person of interest in Kingsport death investigation arrested after shoplifting call; deceased individual identified

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Authorities have arrested man who they say is a person of interest in a Kingsport death investigation.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says Jeffry Chase Caldwell was arrested after Kingsport police responded to a shoplifting call Thursday afternoon at the Kroger on East Stone Drive.

According to SCSO, Caldwell was found in a stolen car in the parking lot with items that had been stolen from the grocery store. Police say he tried to flee but officers were able to arrest him.

Authorities charged him with resisting arrest, motor vehicle theft, and possession of stolen property.

Caldwell was sought as a person of interest in relation to a suspicious death that occurred at 622 Gravely Road early Wednesday morning.

The sheriff’s office identified the deceased individual as 79-year-old Lewis Vaughn.

The investigation is ongoing and the sheriff’s office says no other information can be released at this time.

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