The April 26, 2009

Disappearance Of

Megan Nicole Maxwell

Presented By

Bonnie M. Wells

The Newport Plain Talk, (, 28 Apr 2009.

Search enters third day for missing woman

Author: Rick Hooper

NEWPORT-The search for a missing 19-year-old Newport woman, whose 2001 red Mitsubishi Eclipse was found burned early Sunday along the French Broad River east of Newport, entered its third day today.

Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults said local law enforcement agencies are tracking all leads in trying to locate Megan Maxwell, who reportedly lived at 859 Brookfield Drive in Newport.

According to Shults, Maxwell had gone to her father's home and called a friend at 4:27 a.m. Sunday, saying, "I'm going to finish this cigarette and come home." Maxwell, however, never arrived.

"(Patrolman) Derek Wright was on his way home when he saw her car fully engulfed in flames near the old Riverside Truck Stop," said Shults.

Shults said the Newport Police Department, Cocke County Sheriff's Office, TBI, Newport Rescue Squad and THP helicopter participated Monday in search efforts.

Shults said evidence at the scene prompted a search in and along the French Broad River.

"At first, we had the Rescue Squad just going along the river seeing if there was anything on the banks," said Shults. "Later in the day they did some dragging but didn't come up with anything."

Shults said authorities were meeting this morning and plan to continue the search effort today.

"We hope she is just missing," said Shults. "But the more time that goes by causes more concern. The community is continuing to pray for her and her family."

Maxwell is described as being 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighing approximately 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. The jeans had large holes in the fabric.

Anyone with information as to Maxwell's whereabouts, or as to the events leading to the fire that destroyed her vehicle, a red 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, is asked to call the Newport Police Department at 423-623-5556 ext. 105 or the office of District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn at 423-623-1285.


In July of 2005 my brother-in-law - Maxwell {'Max'} Wells - and his wife came to visit my husband and me for a few days.

We decided to go to the car show that was being held at Beverly, Ohio.

Little did I know at that time, but Wild Bill had a couple of vehicles that he was entering in various car shows - some local - some not so local - and wouldn't you know, he was there ..... and of course we saw one another.

We didn't speak {we haven't been friends or had a conversation since March of 1994} but it was obvious we could still 'tune in' to one another.

We were on our way to dinner so we didn't hang around the car show very long, but as we were leaving, I smiled to myself as an old, old song came to mind .....

He was lookin' back to see if I was lookin' back to see, if he was lookin' back to see if I was lookin' back to see if he was lookin' back at me --- yes sir --- he sure did see us get into that shiny red Mitsubishi and drive away!

A Message From The CUE Center

May 18, 2009

CUE Center is now in Newport, TN searching for Megan Maxwell.

If you can join the search on Tuesday, please contact us.

CUE Center for Missing Persons

PO Box 12714

Wilmington, NC 28405

(910) 343-1131

(910) 232-1687

cuecenter@aol. com


News From Tennessee

June 9, 2009

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Knox County man is facing charges of impersonating a police officer and stopping at least two motorists.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported 55-year-old Charles Peck was arraigned Monday on charges of false imprisonment, criminal impersonation and theft.

Peck is accused of pulling over a Knoxville mother who had three young children in her vehicle and a Powell man while claiming to be an undercover police officer. They described two different cars that had flashing lights.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Randall Crisp's report stated the woman reported the imposter caressed her arm and said he didn't mean to frighten her. The man said the imposter seized his prescription medicine.

Both accusers were suspicious and called authorities.

NOTE: A map search revealed it is roughly 50 miles from Knoxville to Newport. Not a long distance at all. I wonder where Charles Peck was when Megan Maxwell disappeared.

I figure she would have pulled over if she thought a police officer was behind her and instructing her to stop, don't you?

News From Pennsylvania

Contributed By: K.S.

On September 9, 2010, unidentified female skeletal remains were found off of US Routes 22/322 near Newport , Pennsylvania .

Newport is 26 miles northwest of Harrisburg and it's not far from the Susquehanna River .

What caught my attention was the fact that the skeletal remains were found off of US 22, and Newport reminded me of the Megan Maxwell case.

Another interesting thing I found tonight about Newport .

On your page for Megan Maxwell, you said that Megan lived at 859 Brookfield Drive in Newport, Tennessee .

Newport, Kentucky is across the Licking River from Covington , Kentucky where Paige Johnson disappeared. The area code for Newport , Kentucky is 859.

A check with mapquest reveals that the distance from Newport , Tennessee to Newport , Pennsylvania is 525 miles and the distance from Newport, Tennessee to Newport, Kentucky is 297 miles.

Comments From Web Slueths :

The property where the body was found -- approximately 2.5 miles east of the Newport exit on westbound Route 322 -- changed owners two months ago, and a man was surveying it for a relative and found the body around 3 p.m. Thursday, Shalonis said.

District Attorney Charles Chenot said the body was wrapped in something, possibly a carpet or blanket.

The man who found the body didn't immediately know what it was and started unwrapping it, and then called authorities when he realized what he found, Shalonis said.

Though Howe Twp. has only about 500 residents, the area is heavily traveled because of Route 322 and its access to Interstate 81 in Dauphin County.

An autopsy was performed Sept. 13 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. The identity, age and race of the remains could not be determined. Nor were evaluations of the cause and time of death available pending further investigation.

The property recently changed hands, according to Perry County District Attorney Charles Chenot III. He said the remains were discovered by a relative of the new owner, who called police sometime after noon on Sept. 9.

Chenot said the remains were wrapped in “some kind of blanket or sleeping bag.”

The wrapping was partially removed, Chenot said, “and the body was pretty badly decomposed. There were skeletal remains and not a lot of tissue.”

Officials would not say what kind of evidence, if any, was found at the scene. A state police helicopter arrived around 3:30 p.m. to take aerial photographs.

“That’s fairly routine,” Chenot said about dispatching a helicopter, adding it was done in the recently tried case against David Caffas.

State police established a yellow tape perimeter at the pull-off. County coroner Michael Shalonis and a state police forensic unit were at the scene.

What about getting northbound to Albany NY area?

The possible sleeping bag made me think of the two women from Albany who were found in rural MA and a rather rural area of CT, who was wrapped in sleeping bags.

Latest News On Maxwell Case:

From America's Most Wanted:

Remains Identified As Missing Tenn. Teen

Cops say remains found on Nov. 4, 2010, have been positively identified as those of missing teen Megan Maxwell. A year has passed since the Tennessee teenager's mysterious disappearance, and cops are asking for the public's help to find out what happened to Megan.

Police were desperate to find Megan, but sadly, her remains were found on Nov. 4, 2010, in Cocke County, Tenn. The remains were found just a little over 5 miles from the area where Megan's car was found on fire.

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