Maryville man apparently stabbed self, officials say
By J.J. Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Maryville man found Wednesday morning along the railroad tracks in the Montgomery Village area of South Knoxville died of an apparent self-inflicted knife wound, according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report.
The body of Troy T. McNeilly, 44, Macon Street, was found at about 9:30 a.m. by a railroad employee in the area, according to Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp. The employee contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, which sent deputies to the scene in the Vestal community.
Investigators with the Regional Forensic Center revealed that McNeilly’s wound was on the left side of his neck. The body was to be transported there for further examination, according to the report.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies located an abandoned Subaru Hatchback belonging to McNeilly at Stock Creek Industrial Park in Rockford at about 5 p.m. Monday. The vehicle, which was found at the dead end of Frank Bird Boulevard, was locked.
Both the Maryville Police Department and Blount County Sheriff’s Office searched the area with the help of a search dog Monday night but were unable to pick up a track of McNeilly, who was reported missing Friday evening by his mother, Martha McNeilly.
Crisp said authorities returned to the area Tuesday morning to conduct another search, which was aided by firefighters from the Maryville and Blount County fire departments and members of the Blount County Rescue Squad. Authorities were also able to open the locked vehicle but didn’t turn up anything that might indicate Troy McNeilly’s whereabouts.
He was last seen in the Eagleton Village area at 7 a.m. Friday, according to Martha McNeilly. She said her son was due home at 5:30 p.m. Friday but never showed up.
He was reported to be on medication for bipolar disorder and had not taken his prescribed dosage since early Friday morning, Martha McNeilly said, adding that her son had a fairly regular schedule and rarely deviated without first informing her.
A celebration of life service for Troy McNeilly will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at Life Event Center, 1404 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville.