KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Solicit Citizen Tips in $50,000 Sandblaster Theft Case

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Solicit Citizen Tips in $50,000 Sandblaster Theft Case
DATE: October 29, 2020
CASE #: 20-021785
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 11, 2020 at approximately 6:30 PM, an industrial sandblaster trailer (nearly $50,000 value) was parked in a parking lot, located at 175 Cherokee Street in Kingsport, in preparation for a job planned there. On October 14th the owner returned to begin the planned work but found the sandblaster trailer had been stolen.

A review of available surveillance video in the downtown area netted footage of the stolen sandblaster trailer being pulled behind what appears to be a light-colored GMC pickup, travelling south on Cumberland Street toward Main Street on October 11th at approximately 11:00 PM.

A photo of the stolen sandblaster trailer as well as one of the suspect vehicle have been included in this release. Anyone who knows where either can be located or who may be operating the suspect vehicle is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager (Reissue)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Teenager (Reissue)
DATE: October 28, 2020
CASE #: 20-20641
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following is a reissuance of an earlier news release previously issued on October 5, 2020. Joshua Erdley continues to be missing. Foul play is still not suspected.

As previously released:

On the afternoon of September 28, 2020, Joshua Erdley (14 year old white male juvenile) was reported missing to the Kingsport Police Department. Investigators have no reason to suspect foul play at this time.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Joshua Erdley
Age 14 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Child (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Child (Update)
DATE: October 28, 2020
CASE #: 20-022745
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Destiny Swatzell has been found safe and is no longer considered a missing child.

As previously released:

On October 28, 2020 at approximately 1:15 AM, Destiny Swatzell was reported missing by her mother. Destiny was last seen at her residence, located in the 3600 block of Watterson Street in Kingsport, just over three hours earlier.

No suspicious circumstances exist and there is no reason to suspect foul play at this time; however, due to her minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate her as soon as possible.

Destiny is a 10 year old white female child. She is approximately 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs roughly 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She is possibly wearing white flip-flop style sandals. A photograph has been included in this release.

Anyone who sees her or who may know her current whereabouts is asked to make every possible effort to keep her in sight and promptly contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Destiny Swatzell
Age 10 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

4 feet 11 inches

130 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Brown Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Other Last seen in 3600 block of Watterson Street, Kingsport, TN

Possibly Wearing White Flip-Flop Style Sandals

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Child

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Child
DATE: October 28, 2020
CASE #: 20-022745
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On October 28, 2020 at approximately 1:15 AM, Destiny Swatzell was reported missing by her mother. Destiny was last seen at her residence, located in the 3600 block of Watterson Street in Kingsport, just over three hours earlier.

No suspicious circumstances exist and there is no reason to suspect foul play at this time; however, due to her minor age, Detectives are making every possible effort to locate her as soon as possible.

Destiny is a 10 year old white female child. She is approximately 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs roughly 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She is possibly wearing white flip-flop style sandals. A photograph has been included in this release.

Anyone who sees her or who may know her current whereabouts is asked to make every possible effort to keep her in sight and promptly contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Destiny Swatzell
Age 10 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

4 feet 11 inches

130 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown Hair

Brown Eyes

Residency Kingsport, TN
Other Last seen in 3600 block of Watterson Street, Kingsport, TN

Possibly Wearing White Flip-Flop Style Sandals

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Attempting to Identify Three Individuals in Fraudulent Use of Stolen Debit Card Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Attempting to Identify Three Individuals in Fraudulent Use of Stolen Debit Card Investigation
DATE: October 28, 2020
CASE #: 20-021142 (Fraudulent Use of Stolen Debit Card)

20-021151 (Theft of Debit Card)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives are attempting to identify three individuals (two white female adults and one white male adult) in connection to an investigation into the fraudulent use of a stolen debit card. The card was stolen after the owner inadvertently dropped it in the parking lot of Fisherman’s Dock, located at 4307 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

Investigators have obtained surveillance video footage of these individuals in the act of using the card to make two purchases at Murphy Express, located at 3100 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. These individuals may possibly be traveling in a light-colored Ford pickup truck.

Screen shots of these individuals have been included in this release, while clips of the actual video have also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel accessible via the links below:

https://youtu.be/SAUSookE7vA

https://youtu.be/P2NIPATE9uM

https://youtu.be/ffSU_saq5VY

Anyone who recognizes any of them is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Vandalism to Gas Station

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Vandalism to Gas Station
DATE: October 26, 2020
CASE #: 20-021060
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives are investigating an incident of extensive vandalism to a Shell gas station and convenience store, located at 220 Carolina Pottery Drive in Kingsport. Investigators have obtained surveillance video footage showing three individuals whom they are hoping to identify in connection to this investigation. All three individuals were traveling in what appeared to be a black Honda 4-door sedan.

Screen shots of these individuals have been included in this release, while clips of the actual video have also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel accessible via the links below:

https://youtu.be/dm2YQJ3Y72w

https://youtu.be/PEPqJeR3juY

https://youtu.be/ynD_TNt9pBE

Anyone who recognizes any of them is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Requesting for Citizens to Be on the Lookout for Missing Mother and Three Possibly Endangered Children (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Requesting for Citizens to Be on the Lookout for Missing Mother and Three Possibly Endangered Children (Update)
DATE: October 23, 2020
CASE #: 20-022375
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Whitney Elliot and all three of her children have been found safe and are no longer considered missing or endangered.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department is requesting citizen assistance in locating a mother, Whitney Elliot, and her three young children, Cloe Barnette, Creed Elliot, and Zandyn Elliot (ages 3, 2, and 1 respectively).

Ms. Elliot failed to appear in court yesterday, and her whereabouts, as well as the whereabouts of her three children, are currently unknown. As such, Ms. Elliot is considered missing, and her three children are considered missing and endangered.

They are believed to possibly be traveling in a silver Kia Sedona minivan of unknown year with unknown license plate number.

A photograph of Ms. Elliot is included in this release. No photographs of the children are available at this time.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for these individuals and their vehicle. Anyone who sees them or knows their possible current whereabouts is asked to make every possible effort to keep them in sight and contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.

The Kingsport Police Department can be reached by calling the Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 or simply 911 if emergency conditions exist.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

This investigation is still in its infancy; therefore, very limited information is available at this time. This news release will be supplemented with additional details, descriptions, and photographs if and when they become available.

MISSING MOTHER INFORMATION
Name Whitney Elliot
Age 31 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Cloe Barnette
Age 3 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Unknown

(NO PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Creed Elliot
Age 2 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Unknown

(NO PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Zandyn Elliot
Age 1 Year of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Unknown

(NO PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

POSSIBLE VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Kia
Model Sedona
Year Unknown
Type Minivan
Color Silver
License # Unknown
Other N/A

(NO PHOTOGRAPH OF VEHICLE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Requesting for Citizens to Be on the Lookout for Missing Mother and Three Possibly Endangered Children

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Requesting for Citizens to Be on the Lookout for Missing Mother and Three Possibly Endangered Children
DATE: October 22, 2020
CASE #: Pending
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is requesting citizen assistance in locating a mother, Whitney Elliot, and her three young children, Cloe Barnette, Creed Elliot, and Zandyn Elliot (ages 3, 2, and 1 respectively).

Ms. Elliot failed to appear in court yesterday, and her whereabouts, as well as the whereabouts of her three children, are currently unknown. As such, Ms. Elliot is considered missing, and her three children are considered missing and endangered.

They are believed to possibly be traveling in a silver Kia Sedona minivan of unknown year with unknown license plate number.

A photograph of Ms. Elliot is included in this release. No photographs of the children are available at this time.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for these individuals and their vehicle. Anyone who sees them or knows their possible current whereabouts is asked to make every possible effort to keep them in sight and contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.

The Kingsport Police Department can be reached by calling the Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 or simply 911 if emergency conditions exist.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

This investigation is still in its infancy; therefore, very limited information is available at this time. This news release will be supplemented with additional details, descriptions, and photographs if and when they become available.

MISSING MOTHER INFORMATION
Name Whitney Elliot
Age 31 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Cloe Barnette
Age 3 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Unknown

(NO PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Creed Elliot
Age 2 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Unknown

(NO PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
Name Zandyn Elliot
Age 1 Year of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

Unknown
Hair/Eyes Unknown
Residency Kingsport, TN
Clothing Unknown

(NO PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

POSSIBLE VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Kia
Model Sedona
Year Unknown
Type Minivan
Color Silver
License # Unknown
Other N/A

(NO PHOTOGRAPH OF VEHICLE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Attempting to Identify Shoplifters Who Struck Employee with Vehicle

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Attempting to Identify Shoplifters Who Struck Employee with Vehicle
DATE: October 5, 2020
CASE #: 20-020409
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 24, 2020 at approximately 5:00 PM, two suspects (one white male adult, one white female adult) shoplifted several articles of clothing (approximately $300 value) from Dunham’s Sports in the Fort Henry Mall, located at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The suspects retreated to a “beat up” older model Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was waiting for them just outside the store entrance.

That vehicle was driven by separate white female adult accomplice. When an employee approached the vehicle and attempted to detain the suspects, the driver accelerated, striking the employee and knocking him to the ground resulting in minor injuries. The suspects then fled the scene.

Photos of the shoplifting suspects, captured on store surveillance video, have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes either of them, or the description of their getaway vehicle, is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Applications Being Accepted for Communications Specialist in Kingsport Central Dispatch

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Being Accepted for Communications Specialist in Kingsport Central Dispatch
DATE: October 5, 2020
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport is currently accepting applications for the position of Communications Specialist to serve in the Kingsport 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center. Communications Specialists, also known as Dispatchers, are the calm, yet highly trained, voice on the phone whenever a citizen calls 9-1-1 for assistance in an emergency.

Starting salary is $14.78 per hour or $30,754 annually. Pay incentives are negotiable for applicants with prior 9-1-1 dispatch experience. City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

Applications are being accepted through Sunday, October 18, 2020. All applications must be submitted online by visiting the following link:

https://www.GovernmentJobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

The Communications Specialists of Kingsport Central Dispatch process roughly a quarter of a million telephone calls annually. Approximately twenty percent (50,000) of these calls are emergency calls to 9-1-1. Although a division of the Kingsport Police Department, Kingsport Central Dispatch also provides services for the Kingsport Fire Department, Sullivan County E.M.S., Kingsport Life Saving Crew, and other city departments and functions.

Kingsport Central Dispatch moved into the current 7,500 square foot, state-of-the-art, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center in Downtown Kingsport in October 2015. Central Dispatch had previously been housed in a cramped 1,000 square foot space on the second floor of the Kingsport Justice Center since 1989. Prior to that, Central Dispatch operated out of the basement of the Civic Auditorium.

Kingsport Central Dispatch personnel serve under the supervision of the Executive Director of Kingsport 9-1-1, and include a Communications Supervisor, a Technical Services Coordinator, 4 Shift Leaders, and more than a dozen Communications Specialists, all of whom are Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certified.

For additional information regarding Kingsport Central Dispatch, please visit the following links:

https://www.KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Department/Administrative_Bureau/Central_Dispatch/

http://Kingsport911.org/

For assistance with the application process, please contact the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department by calling 423-229-9401. For questions regarding the position of Communications Specialist/Dispatcher, please call the Executive Director of Kingsport 9-1-1 at 423-229-9358.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton