Body found amid search for woman who went missing in June, abusive ex-boyfriend remains in jail: reports – crime online


Police reportedly discovered a body on Tuesday amid their ongoing search for a Tennessee woman who went missing in June.

Knoxville Police found the unidentified body as they searched for Desheena Kyle, 26, who was reported missing from her apartment on June 28. While WVLT reported that officials said Kyle was last heard from on June 23, June 18 was also his last verified sighting.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, two witnesses told police they spotted a man in the Kyle apartment complex on June 18 – the same day a manager took a photo of a broken window in the Kyle unit. Kyle reported the broken glass to building management and told them an angry ex-boyfriend had done it.

The two witnesses also told authorities they heard screaming and broken glass on June 18. One of the witnesses said he saw the man put his hands around Kyle’s neck, The News Sentinel reported.

Knoxville Police said on Thursday they viewed Kyle’s ex-boyfriend John Bassett, 29, as someone of interest in Kyle’s disappearance. They also announced that they were investigating the case as a homicide.

Bassett was arrested in July on an unrelated charge that put him in violation of his probation. In 2014, Bassett was charged with assaulting Kyle, according to reports.

Bassett has not been charged with Kyle’s disappearance.

The body found on Tuesday was sent to the Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy and identification. Knoxville Police said Kyle’s family have been made aware of the latest development.

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[Featured image: Desheena Kyle/National Missing and Unidentified Persons System]

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