The husband of a woman who disappeared in October 2005 has been indicted on a murder charge in connection with her death. The indictment came more than seven years after the death of Pamela McBee Knight, and one year since her body was found in remote Loudon County woods.
On Jan. 19, 2012, three Lenoir City men were looking for scrap metal to salvage when they came across a dilapidated shed about 50 yards off the road from 1837 Eblen Road in Loudon County. Underneath the debris, near the Roane County line, the men found a body wrapped in a blanket and called 911. Loudon County Detectives processed the scene and based on the forensic evidence, Loudon County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Det. Patrick Upton speculated the body could be that of Pamela McBee Knight. Later, dental records confirmed his hunch.
Pamela Knight was last seen alive on Oct. 26, 2005. Based on Pamela Knight’s sons’ statements that they had not seen their mother since she left with her husband, Paul Anthony Knight, investigators quickly named him as a prime suspect. However, since they could not find her body and Paul Knight said he had let her out of his car alive and hadn’t seen her since, the case went cold. Her vehicle was later found in Jacksonville, Fla. Authorities believed her husband knew more than he was saying about her disappearance.
After Paul Knight was convicted on a stolen car charge in South Carolina, and in federal court of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, he was incarcerated in a Pollock, La. prison. He served six years of a 16-year sentence.
After Pamela Knight’s body was positively identified, Lt. Upton travelled to Pollock, La. and interviewed Knight. He then shared his case file with Knoxville Police Department who followed up on the case resulting in a Knox County grand jury indictment.
On Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, Paul Knight, now 40-years-old, was returned to Knoxville from a Beaumont, Texas federal prison where Knight had been transferred due to a hurricane in Louisiana, last fall.
Knight was arraigned Jan. 14, on a second-degree murder charge. Knight’s court date has been set for May 7, 2013.
By Wes Hall