CAMPBELL COUNTY - The Regional Forensic Center has confirmed that the body found near Norris Lake earlier this month is that of Starla Pride, who had been missing since September.
Original story: November 12, 2016
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office says a body found on the bank of Norris Lake might be a 47-year-old woman who has been missing since mid-September.
A deer hunter stumbled across what he believed to be human remains just before 4 p.m. Friday and contacted the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said. The remains were found just off the bank of Norris Lake between Twin Cove Marina and Mountain Lake Marina "several hundred feet into a heavily wooded area and dry creek bed," the sheriff said.
The body is being taken to the Regional Forensics Center in Knox County for an autopsy.
"While not clear or confirmed, and with an abundance of caution, investigators believe there is a strong possibility that the remains could be that of 47-year-old Starla Pride, who was reported missing on September 12 and last seen walking away from her residence in the Shady Cove area of Campbell County," Goins said in a statement.
He said the remains were found outside of the search area where officials were looking for Pride, but close enough in proximity to validate the possibility.
No foul play is suspected.
Investigators were meeting with Pride's family to provide them information about the discovery. Pride's sister, Aimee Goc, released this statement about the discovery Saturday.
"My Father and I are deeply saddened and at a loss to hear of the possibility of Starla's passing. This is a terrible situation that never should have happened. Starla was a blessing to all who knew her, and never was there a more sweet and pure soul than Starla. I lost 2 sister to death within 3 months of each other, and the only comfort I can find is that they are together with my Mother in heaven."
Goins asked people to keep Pride's family in their prayers.
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