UPDATE: HCSO closes John Eaton’s missing persons case

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF)-  The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office have been actively pursuing leads since the initial missing persons report was filed by a family member earlier this week.

They have determinded that John Eaton is not a victim of a crime nor is he believed to be in danger.

HCSO Detectives report after viewing security video from area businesses, it showed John Eaton conducting routine activities during the time frame he was reported missing.

The Sheriffs office has closed the case because they don’t believe he is endangered and there is no evidence of criminal activity.



HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF)-  Close friends of John Eaton, a second-grade teacher at CSAS, tell me that this is not normal for him to abandon his students and especially his family.

Robert Parks says, “We just want our friend to come home.”

Sometime Sunday, John Eaton headed to CSAS to work on lesson plans according to his wife. Surveillance video from the school shows Eaton never arrived.

Parks says, “We’ve all heard stories of people who’ve had adverse medication reactions that are found two, three hours away driving lost, don’t know who they are, don’t know where they are. It is our sincere hope that this is what has happened.”

Eaton’s wife says she went to sleep, under the assumption that he would return. When she woke up, she learned he never returned home or made it to CSAS either.

“He is one of my best friends on this planet.. he also officiated my wedding. and we have been friends for many years. I think everybody out there knows that not knowing isn’t any better than the alternative,” Parks says.

Hoping to help quickly find Eaton, A family friend, Robert Parks, gathered volunteers at CSAS this morning to search.

Parks says, “We have coordinated who is out and where. We know who they are and where they are so that if something happens, we know how to find them. Many of the areas that we are searching are steep embankments and very wooded.”

This Google Earth map shows one of the paths his friends say he could have traveled and volunteers searched every area they could along Amnicola, Dupont Parkway, Highway 153, and 27. Searchers say Eaton’s minivan should be easy to spot.

Parks says, “Be on the lookout for that silver Kia it is a very identifiable van. If you see a beat-up van that has Disney and Star Wars stickers and its silver call. It can’t hurt.”

Tuesday morning’s storms moving through Hamilton County hindered the searchers. They resumed in the afternoon, but have not found anything yet.


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