Man found shot in Knoxville park identified

9:34 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-Knoxville) A man found shot to death in a Knoxville park Thursday morning has been identified as 57-year-old Conrad Wise.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Knoxville Police are looking for answers, after the body of a man who may have been walking home from the grocery store was found in a local park.

Some CAC workers at Malcolm Martin Park, located off Western Avenue near downtown, found the man on a trail around 8:45 Thursday morning.

"They indicated that they had found a male. They thought he was actually sick. That's how the call came in," said Darrell Debusk, KPD Public Information Officer.

When officers got to the scene, they determined the man was dead, and had been shot at least once. He had been carrying a couple of grocery bags from the Food City on Western Avenue.

DeBusk said officers routinely patrol the park and described the crime level as very low.

"There's croppers that come around and crop the gardens and the vegetables and everything. There's kids that play on the basketball court," said Patrick Allen, who said he lives in Western Heights near the park. "There's usually no crime back here. It's usually nice and pleasant, yard and everything back here."

An armed security guard at the park pool, Ed Cothren Pool, said there have been issues at the pool, but the park is usually crime free.

The victim has been described to be in his mid-50's. Investigators have a tentative identification, but are waiting to confirm the man's name.

Investigators are not sure when the man was killed. They are hoping an autopsy will help determine when he died.

"Obviously, we're canvasing the community, looking for anyone that may have heard any type of activity or saw suspicious activity last night or this morning," said Debusk.

Police said investigators do not have a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the KPD Crime Hotline at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.

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