Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
KCSO Arrests Georgia Homicide Suspect
KCSO Detective Helps KY Authorities Identify 'Mountain Jane Doe'
A woman murdered in Kentucky 47 years ago was recently identified after one of KCSO’s Cold Case detectives gathered DNA samples from her family.
Kentucky State Police announced Wednesday that the woman has been identified as Sonja Kaye Blair-Adams. She was found stabbed to death on a trail in Kentucky in June 1969, and until she was identified, was known as “Mountain Jane Doe,” “Little Shepherd Trail Girl,” and “Harlan County Jane Doe.”
The identification of Blair-Adams came after a family member contacted NamUs (National Institute of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) believing that “Mountain Jane Doe” might have been a long-lost relative. KCSO’s Cold Case Detective Amy Dobbs was asked to collect DNA samples from the family. The unidentified body was exhumed, and the match was made. Now investigators are working to determine who killed her. Anyone with information is asked to contact (606) 573-3131.
(Amy Dobbs now works as a case administrator for NamUs.)
Man Indicted for Rape of a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
One man is in custody after being indicted for rape of a child and sexual exploitation of a minor. A four-month long investigation by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Investigations Unit and the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office resulted in a Grainger County Grand Jury indictment of 30-year-old Marvin Ray Taylor of Thornhill, Tennessee on Tuesday.
Taylor is being held in the Grainger County Detention Facility on a $1,000,000 bond for two counts of rape of a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.
Lovell Road Breadbox Armed Robbery
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating an early Thursday morning gas station armed robbery. According to the initial investigation, a male suspect entered Breadbox, located at 1606 Lovell Road, around 3:22 a.m. Holding a handgun, he approach the clerk, demanded money from the register, and fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’5”-5’7”, 140-150 pounds, with a medium build. He was wearing a black beanie-type hat, sunglasses, a white dust mask, an olive green jacket, a dark-colored shirt, dark gloves, dark pants, and boots. He appears to be the same suspect who robbed the Rocky Top Market, located at 2064 Castaic Lane, last Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.