A Sevier County man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Carolyne Ball Bartles, 52, a Newport native who was reported missing to Gatlinburg Police Department in February.
Authorities began an investigation into the case, and Friday, Feb. 26, a body was located in a wooded area in the 500 block of King Branch Road by Sevier County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Gatlinburg Police Department detectives and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents.
The victim’s body was transported to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy. Upon the conclusion of the autopsy, the victim was identified as Bartles and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
The investigation continued by the Sevier detectives, agents of the TBI assisted by the Office of 4th Judicial Attorney General, and the Sevier County Medical Examiner’s office.
Jonathon Seth Stalcup, 39, of Sevierville was taken into custody last week in Cocke County by members of the United States Marshal’s Service Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force on outstanding warrants out of Sevier County. Stalcup was transported to Sevier County Jail and held on those charges. On Friday, March 5, Stalcup was charged additionally with first degree murder, felony murder, and especially aggravated kidnapping in Bartles’ death.
Stalcup is being held in the Sevier County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing, and the investigation is continuing.