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Published on April 17, 2024
Remains Found in Sullivan County Identified as Missing East Tennessee Man Nicholas MassengillSource: The City of Kingsport, Tennessee

After four years of uncertainty, remains found in Sullivan County last week have been positively identified as those of Nicholas Massengill, the East Tennessee man who vanished without a trace in 2020. The City of Kingsport confirmed the match after the remains were discovered on Wadlow Gap Road on April 7.

Massengill, who was 38 when he went missing, was last seen on April 27, 2020, leaving Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport, where he had been visiting a friend. Extensive searches in the area following his disappearance turned up no leads, the Kingsport Police Department said, in a statement obtained by News Channel 11.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office was first alerted to the remains, eventually leading investigators from Jenkins Forensic Center in Johnson City to confirm the identity of the body. According to the findings posted in The Rogersville Review, further analysis is underway at the University of Tennessee Anthropology Department to uncover more details about Massengill's disappearance and cause of death.

While this discovery brings some closure to a case that has puzzled authorities for years, the investigation into Massengill’s disappearance and death continues. The Kingsport Police Department is actively working on the case, seeking answers to the many questions that persist, in particular, how, Massengill ended up at that property in Sullivan County. The department urges anyone with information to come forward to aid in piecing together the final days of Nicholas Massengill.