Police search for clues in woman’s death

Kyle Watson, a delayed entry recruit with the Knoxville Police Department, helps investigators search for clues Monday in connection with the weekend shooting death of a woman. (Source: KPD)

Police on Monday released the name of a young woman who was found shot to death in a car over the weekend in East Knoxville.

Jefasha Mitchell, 26, was found inside a Toyota sedan in an alley on Louise Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland. 

She had been shot at least one time and was rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to Erland. 

“Numerous individuals were interviewed at the scene, but a suspect has not been identified,” he said. 

On Monday, officers spread out through the neighborhood where Mitchell was found in search of clues. 

“Violent Crimes Unit investigators and our delayed-entry recruits spent the afternoon searching the area around the 2500 block of Louise Avenue for evidence that could assist in the investigation into Jefasha Mitchell’s death,” Erland said. 

Mitchell’s slaying marked the 18th homicide in Knoxville this year. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165, online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, or via the P3 Tips mobile app. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward.

Published on July 19, 2022.