Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thank you for sharing.

As you may know, for the past week the Sheriff’s office has been investigating the disappearance of a 13 year old female who left her home near Burbank with a 27 year old man by the name of Walter Lee Dunn. Both subjects were located today in Knox County Tennessee at approximately 1:45am after knocking on a residents door and asking for assistance.

A Knox County deputy located the pair and contacted EMS when he felt they were suffering from hypothermia. While being treated by EMS, the deputy learned that the pair were entered into a national database, the girl for being missing and Dunn for having a felony warrant connected to the girls disappearance. Dunn was then arrested, and the girl was taken to a safe location. Dunn will soon be facing federal charges for his involvement in this matter.

The Wayne County Sheriff's office would like to thank the public for their support by sharing information and the girls missing poster on facebook. The poster was viewed over 7 million times. We would also like to thank the FBI and in particular, agent Hayden for their assistance in this investigation. The manpower and resources provided was simply outstanding. Likewise the Wayne County Prosecutors Office was extremity helpful not only in issuing the arrest warrant for Dunn but also preparing a large number of subpenas and search warrants. These efforts resulted in the focus of the investigation being on the Knox County area.

I would like to personalty recognize Deputy Brumme and Deputy Burkey for the long hours hard work that they put into this case. Likewise their coworkers who covered their calls while they focused on the investigation.

In the days ahead this girl will return to our community and some will be quick to ask questions about personal issues surrounding her disappearance. This girl and her family do not need questions, they need your love, understanding and support.

Unless you have walked in the shoes of those involved, please refrain for comments about what “you would do if she was your child' or what you think needs to be done.

Tomorrow we will remove all of the missing posters from our facebook page and I ask that you do the same for any that you may currently be sharing. This girl will never forget this past week and does not need further reminders on social media. From this point forward we will not mention her name. She is found safe and we welcome her back.

Again than you for your support.

Capt Doug Hunter

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