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Published On: Sat, Oct 27th, 2018

Tennessee: Missing teen Hank Cooley found dead, cause of death pending autopsy

A missing teen from Tennessee has been found dead.

The news was posted on Tennessee Missing and Unsolved that Hank Cooley, 17, “was found deceased,” as they asked for prayer for loved ones.

A young person traveling through a wooded area near Ayers and Tarragon streets found the skeletal remains around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Hank’s body was found on private property near a mobile home residence.

The Lexington Police Department requested the assistance of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for this case. They are currently working with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

Lexington Police Captain Jeff Middleton said on Tuesday that autopsy would be performed, but results could “take months.”

“It’s in an advanced state of decomposition, so we’re just working this death investigation like we would any other,” Middleton said. “It may take some time for us to make any type of determination.”

Cooley went missing from Lexington, Tennessee on October 7th.

“The family is grieving and asking for privacy,” Liaison to the Cooley family Rickey Alexander said. “We are told the police and sheriff’s department are investigating but right now we have a whole lot a questions and not a lot of answers.”

Hank Cooley


Full statement from Tennessee Missing and Unsolved:

Hank Cooley was found deceased. Please pray for his loved ones.

Hank Cooley is missing from Lexington, TN.

He was last seen sometime around October 7th, 2018, talking to his neighbors before he disappeared.

Hank is 17 years old. He is 6′ tall and weighs around 145 lbs. He has blonde/sandy blonde hair and blue eyes.

There is no known vehicle related to his case.

Please share and help this family out.

If you have any information please call The Lexington Police Department at 731-968-6666.

You may also reach out to his cousin Holly Ann Ventura

If you would like to speak with us please message us here Tennessee Missing and Unsolved. If you prefer to call or text our number is 615.249.8364.

Remember that even information that seems insignificant could be the answer to bringing someone home. As always, you may remain anonymous.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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