Police ID I-40 body, but still unsure what happened to him

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I-40 body identified as S.C. man

By The Staff

The Tennessee Highway Patrol on Thursday released the name of the man whose body was found early Christmas morning on Interstate 40 in Roane County.


THP criminal investigators identified the man as Brian William Taylor of Heath Springs, S.C.

Taylor is described as a 42-year-old white male, wearing blue jeans, a blue and white plaid flannel shirt and tan work boots.

THP said its Criminal Investigation Division is looking into every possible scenario, including foul play.

According to a news release, dispatchers received a call at 2:29 a.m. on Dec. 25 about the body of a white male in the eastbound lanes of the interstate at mile marker 364.

“The preliminary investigation indicated the man either jumped or fell from a moving vehicle, and his body was then struck by at least one other vehicle,” the news release said.

Investigators were back at the scene Friday morning.

The area is near the Loudon County line.

THP said no vehicles were found near Taylor. His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office.

Anyone with knowledge of Taylor or information that can assist with the investigation

is asked to contact

THP’s Knoxville District Headquarters at 594-5800.