UPDATE: Police identify man found dead under I-26 overpass, suspect he fell

Jonathan Roberts • Updated Nov 13, 2019 at 5:59 PM

Johnson City police have identified the man whose body was found Sunday underneath an overpass in Johnson City. He apparently fell to his death while “tagging” the overpass.

Police Department Lt. Kevin Peters said that while the department does not yet have an official cause of death, they believe 34-year-old Michael Kling slipped while “tagging” or spray-painting the I-26 overpass on East State of Franklin Road. Peters said they did not have an address for Kling, and believe he may have been homeless or without permanent residency in the area.

“We’re waiting on the autopsy results to find out what the official cause of death was,” Peters said. “(But) we’re pretty confident that he fell. The injuries he did have would be consistent with a fall.

“There is no suspicion of foul play whatsoever,” Peters said.

Peters said they’re unsure when the man fell, but believe it happened sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. They won’t know sure until they get the autopsy results back, which will be done in the next 90 days.

“If you’re putting yourself in some type of danger like this gentleman was — it’s definitely not worth it because anything can happen, especially with colder temperatures now,” Peters said. “It’s definitely not worth putting yourself in that type of position just to do some unlawful activities.”