The male body was found off East State of Franklin Road between South Roan and Division streets.
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Police were withholding the deceased’s identity pending notification of next of kin.
Any potential witnesses were asked to contact the Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 423-434-6166 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 423-434-6158. To send a confidential tip text 423JCPD and the tip to 847411 (TIP411) or visit www.citizenobserver.com. You can also send messages via the Johnson City Police Department Website to email@example.com.