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TBI: Body of Claudene Whaley discovered Saturday afternoon

Claudene Whaley has been missing since August 8. Her SUV was found in the Hartford area of Cocke County, according to TBI.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — UPDATE (08/20/22): The body of Claudene Whaley was recovered late Saturday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. They said no foul play was suspected and her body was found around 2 miles from where her car was found.


TBI issued a Silver Alert on Aug. 8 for Claudene Whaley, saying she has a medical condition that may impair her ability to return home safely without assistance.

Whaley's SUV was located on Aug. 10 along Gulf Road in the Hartford area of Cocke County, according to TBI. 

Whaley has still not been located. The Gatlinburg Police Department said it is working with the TBI, Cocke County Sheriff's Office, and others to search the area for her.

On Aug. 15, the TBI said search teams were dealing with rough and steep terrain in their search, saying it has been "extremely dangerous." Other agencies assisted to search the ground in some areas that were steep and overgrown.

Anyone who sees Whaley or has information about her location should call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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