Former mayor found dead in tent at Tennessee National Recreation Area


Officials found Lyndon Bill Baines, the former mayor of Jamestown, Tennessee, who died in a tent at a national recreation area last week. Authorities have limited information as the local sheriff’s office continues to investigate.

A joint research effort found the remains of Lyndon Baines, 58, in a tent at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on June 8. Baines previously served as mayor of nearby Jamestown, Tennessee, from 2018.

The former mayor is missing

According to local media WKRNBaines was last seen leaving his home in Jamestown on his motorbike around 3 p.m. on Sunday June 5. The bike was a silver 2006 Aprilia with the Tennessee 330ZK9 tag.

The Fentress County Sheriff’s Office and the Jamestown Police Department first notified the public of her disappearance on Wednesday, June 8. A search for missing persons ended the next day in Big South Fork State Park, where authorities located Baines’ body in a tent near his motorcycle.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction over the park, described Baines as between 5’9″ and 5’11” tall and weighing between 195 and 205 pounds. If you have any information, you can call the department at 423-663-3111.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is located near the northern border of Tennessee, 26 miles northeast of Jamestown. The city, where Baines served as Democratic mayor for 2 years, is home to about 2,000 people.

City officials named Baines to the position on September 24, 2018, after Republican Darlene Davis died after a battle with cancer. Baines ran for re-election in November 2020 but lost the candidacy to Republican Harvey Stowers. Apparentlyhe collected only 21% of the votes to finish far behind the pack.

The Democrat made headlines in 2019. That year, he advocated for intervention at the state government level when the owner of a local emergency clinic closed the facility and refused several offers to reopen it, according to local media.

“It should be a bipartisan issue,” Baines said. said at the time. “No matter which party you belong to, you should care about the health of human beings.”

No further information about Baines’ death was available through the Jamestown Police Department or the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at the time of this publication.

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