Loudon County Investigators released additional details this morning regarding last week’s murder on Shaw Ferry Road North.
“We continue to work tirelessly and around the clock to bring the party, or parties, responsible for the murder of a U.S. Soldier to justice, and to provide the Bishop family with some form of closure”, said Sheriff Tim Guider. “Jacob Bishop was a father of two, and one of our Nation’s guardians.” The 35 year old had just returned home a few months ago after serving a yearlong deployment to Poland with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
Bishop, whose body was discovered in the early morning hours of October 1 by his mother, was physically bound and shot multiple times. Authorities immediately launched a murder investigation. “We have been pursuing multiple leads, spending countless hours around the clock, in our search for clues that we need to lead us to the party or parties responsible for the tragic killing of another”, said Guider.
Investigators are seeking information on a vehicle of interest in the case. Witnesses have confirmed seeing a white SUV in the area several days leading up to the murder and leaving the area on the day of the murder.
Authorities continue to remind the public that this crime is believed to be an isolated event and is not thought to be a random killing. Although a suspected isolated crime, the suspect, or suspects, should be considered armed and dangerous given the specifics of the murder.
If anyone has any information regarding the victim, his associates, or the vehicle of interest, they are encouraged to call the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 986-4823.