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Friday, January 28, 2022

Tennessee Sheriff: Cartel Contacted Family Of East Tennessee Fugitive For Ransom

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

After an escapee from an East Tennessee jail was found dead in Mexico, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the escapee’s family was contacted by someone believed to be a member of a drug cartel who demanded ransom in exchange for the return of his body.

Charles Kennedy, 35, had been on the run since July after he escaped from the Fentress County Jail before the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Jan. 24 he had been found dead in Iguala, Guerrero, in Mexico, about three hours southwest of Mexico City.

Kennedy and inmate Casey Ridenour took a correctional officer’s car after escaping the jail and drove at speeds of 130 mph before stopping in Jamestown to run on foot. Ridenour was captured the next day, while Kennedy remained at large.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton told WATE that someone from Mexico, believed to be a member of a drug cartel, sent a video of Kennedy’s body to his family asking for money in exchange for its return.

Roane County District Attorney Russell Johnson confirmed that Kennedy’s body is in a morgue in Mexico at this time. Stockton said he was told the U.S. Marshals Service is working with the American embassy in Mexico and Mexican authorities to return Kennedy’s body to the U.S.

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  1. It doesn’t work out like it used too and don’t go to Mexico for vacation, spend your dollars here in the states. Don’t trust the Mexicans in their own turf it’s like the wild west out there. There is no law and order and everyone turns a blind eye.

    1. Comes down to what your doin...if your fuckin off gettin high and doin grimey shit, your gonna get grimey. Play stupid games win stupid prizes to make it real simple.

  2. Being from Tennessee, Roane County is at Watt's Bar, TVA generation lake. Fentress Co., especially Jamestown lies outside of Pickwick State Pakr and the Big South Fork. Yeah, I can believe it.

    In trouble, going south and riding out to a place you know nothing about. Iguala, the 43, another missing person found

  3. Kennedy should have stayed in jail. He sure did not read BB on how bad MEXICO is. Then a cartel wants ransom money for his body, give me a break.

  4. That's everyone gave up on comments on this one????

  5. Tennessee to Iguala is a long way and very random place to end up at


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