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Homicide Victim Found On Park Road

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

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During the early morning hours of Saturday, January 2nd, two park maintenance workers came upon the body of a large man lying in the middle of Sanders Road on Lookout Mountain. He had a single gunshot wound to the back of his head. Park rangers and Chattanooga Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene. Based on the initial investigation, the man has been identified as 40-year-old Jimmy Yearby of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It’s believed that Yearby was shot and dropped on the roadway within an hour of the time the maintenance employees found him. Sanders Road is a secondary, less-traveled roadway, with woods surrounding the area. Later that morning, the Chattanooga Police Department Homicide Unit, searching a local criminal database, identified Yearby as a hardened criminal who was known for selling drugs and involvement with gang activities in the Chattanooga area. A joint investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chattanooga Police Department, and the National Park Service.



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