The body of Desheena Kyle, who’d been missing for three months, was found on Tuesday.
The community had been searching for her because it didn’t think police had done enough, WVLT said.
Police previously named Kyle’s boyfriend a person of interest in the case.
A 26-year-old Knoxville, Tennessee, woman who’d been missing for three months has been found dead, police confirmed Thursday.
Desheena Kyle’s grandmother reported her missing on June 28, and Kyle was last been seen at her apartment on Wilson Road in Knoxville on June 18, according to police.
Officers found a body on Tuesday at a home on Sam Tillery Road that has since been identified as Kyle, police said, and the death was ruled a homicide.
Police previously named Kyle’s boyfriend, John Bassett, a person of interest in her disappearance. No charges have been filed, but a spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department told Insider on Thursday that Bassett was also a person of interest in Kyle’s death.
Bassett was arrested in July on charges related to an outstanding probation-violation warrant and is in custody, police said.
Kyle’s family previously told the local news station WVLT that it had become frustrated with local law enforcement over what it perceived to be a lack of effort in investigating her disappearance, which police did not consider a possible homicide until August.
Members of Kyle’s family and others in the Knoxville community had been searching the city and wooded areas for her for weeks.
“If it was not for the community of Knoxville helping to look for her and keep her name alive, as well as the news coverage, we might still be waiting for answers,” Kyle’s aunt Rita Turner told Knox News. “We could not have done this alone, and now we see how much it makes a difference.”
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