East TN family looks for closure in case of missing son

Knoxville Police says a truck found in the Tennessee River belonged to missing Knoxville man Derek Funk. The teenager disappeared in 2010 after leaving his girlfriend's house in Powell. 3-21-14

(WBIR - Knoxville) The Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad says it has recovered even more human remains from the water where a truck belonging to a missing East Tennessee man was found.

The Knoxville Police Department says the truck that was found may belong 19-year-old Derek Ryan Funk. He was last seen driving his 1996 Ford Ranger on May 12, 2010.

On that night, Funk was leaving his girlfriend's house in Powell, but never arrived at his South Knoxville home.

Investigators say it could be next week before the remains will be positively identified. A KPD spokesperson said the department is also working to determine how the person found in the water died and if it could have been a homicide.

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The Funk family said life has not been the same since their son went missing. Father Kevin Funk said when he and his wife, Tricia, heard the latest development from KPD Thursday, it hit them hard.

"I just broke down," Kevin Funk said. "It just hit me."

The family said they believe the remains KPD found are in fact those of their son. They said while they are sad, they are at least thankful that closure may be on the way.

"We'll know a final answer, and we won't have to keep wondering all the time," Tricia Funk said.

Knoxville Police are investigating new leads in the case since the discovery of the truck. Several other law enforcement agencies are now working with KPD on the investigation.


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