Police ID woman found dead at site of fire

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Police on Monday released the identity of a woman whose burned body was found at the scene of a fire at the base of Sharp’s Ridge in North Knoxville over the weekend.

Brandy Geisler, 34 of Knoxville, was found dead Saturday night by Knoxville firefighters who responded to what they had been told was a brush fire, authorities said.

Determining Geisler’s identity, however, is only the first step in unraveling the mystery of what happened to her. 

“Cause of death has not yet been determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office and, at this time, it remains a suspicious death investigation,” said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland. 

Crews from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to the wood line at 135 Watauga Avenue about 10 p.m. Saturday and discovered several tires burning, according to KFD Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks.

“It was tires that were on fire, I don’t have a specific number,” Wilbanks said. “It was reported as a brush fire and at the time thought to be a unhoused persons camp fire.”

Once the fire was extinguished, the burned body of the victim was found and taken to the Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy.

Police are asking anyone with information that could assist the investigation to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165 or online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

Published on September 27, 2022.