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Deputies conducting search on Highway 58 Thursday

NewsChannel 9's SkyCam captured footage as local and regional officials searched an area of Highway 58 earlier Thursday. (Image: WTVC)

Deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and officers with the Chattanooga Police Department searched several acres of land in the vicinity of the 8800 block of Highway 58 Thursday.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea says "The search was organized and conducted to follow up on information which was received concerning an open investigation in the area."

Lea also says deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Department are also helping with the search, but he has not yet specified which Anderson County. We are waiting to hear back.

Our crew on the scene says Mike Mathis of the Hamilton County District Attorney's Cold Case Unit is on the scene.

"As this is an active investigation, no additional information will be released at this time," Lea says.

Our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam captured images of at least two green tarps on the ground, with search activity going on in the woods around those covers.

NewsChannel 9 obtained pictures from the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department of a fire that happened on the property where authorities searched Thursday.

At this point, it's unclear whether the two incidents are related.

Hannah Lawrence reported live at 5 p.m.


This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you more details as we get them.

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