Tip leads investigators to Fire Tower Road to search for missing Telford woman

UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – After a nearly four-hour search in a wooded area of Unicoi County, crews didn’t find any signs of Washington County woman who was last heard from two months ago, Wednesday.

Washington County, Tennessee Lt. Doug Gregg, said crews started searching off of Fire Tower Road after getting a tip that Cloyd may be buried there.

Crews had to get to the location through Unicoi County by using 4-wheelers due to the road being blocked off by construction.

After the search, Lt. Gregg said crews didn’t find anything that resembles a grave, in their nearly three-mile search, or any signs that a body had been placed up there. Lt. Gregg said friends of Lisa Cloyd’s husband Curtis Cloyd, who killed himself after a standoff with police last month, made comments that he liked to spend time near the Fire Tower and he may have put her body up there.

“We know he was a hunter, he was a fisherman, we’ve tried to check every area where you would go set up a hunting area or you would go fish but anybody that knows any spots that he might frequent we would we’d really appreciate if they’d call in and give us that information,” Lt. Gregg said.

Four crew members from both Washington and Unicoi County Sheriff’s Offices and EMS conducted the search.

Lisa Cloyd was last seen on July 20.

Lisa Cloyd

Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal said the case became more difficult when her husband, Curtis Cloyd, killed himself while investigators sought to question him about his wife’s disappearance.

Earlier this week, investigators searched the Cloyd family home on Slate Hill Road in Telford following a tip. They worked with the TBI to collect evidence from the house. Thursday, Lt. Gregg said blood spatter was collected from the home and that evidence has been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for testing to identify whose blood it is.

Results will take about a week.

Investigators also searched the Nolichucky River earlier this month.

If you have any information about Lisa Cloyd’s whereabouts you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office. They can be reached at 423-788-1414 or call 911.

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