Sullivan Co. Sheriff’s Office identifies deceased person in “suspicious death,” still under investigation


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — UPDATE: The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person found dead behind a home in Bluff City on Sunday.

According to a release from Sheriff Jeff Cassidy, the deceased person was identified as Larry Dillard, 69.

Dillard’s body was discovered behind a home in the 400 block of Boyd Road under the rear porch.

The release says Boyd’s body will be sent for an autopsy.

No further details were released.

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Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Jail Administrator Lee Carswell confirmed with News Channel 11 on Sunday night that they are investigating what they call a “suspicious death” on the 400 block of Boyd Road near Hickory Tree Road.

According to Carswell, there are no suspects. The name of the deceased has not yet been released.

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said that a family member found the body, described as a white male around the age of 60, before calling 911 just before 3:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, deputies located the body of a man behind the house.

The circumstances leading to his death remain under investigation, and his body will be sent for an autopsy to determine the cause.

This is a developing story, and your News Channel 11 team will continue with updates as we receive them. Stay updated on-air and online at

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