Cocke County authorities released preliminary details regarding a body found April 1 near the intersection of Jimtown Road and Carnation Way.

Charles Owensby of Carnation Way told Deputy Sgt. Heath Willis he found the male body near his mailbox at 12:40 a.m. Willis said the body has been identified as Tony Allen Ahrens, 52, Loves Park, Illinois.

The body appeared to have been partially devoured by an animal, and Chief Cocke County Deputy CJ Ball said an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death as well as to determine the type of animal that was involved.

Newport Patrol Officer Jessy Burgess recognized the victim as Ahrens, and investigators say they located an individual who had talked to the victim at 9:30 p.m., prior to the body being found.