UPDATE: Cleveland police identified the man found dead on South Ocoee Street Monday as 38-year-old James “Pocket” Ledford. Now, they believe his death may be connected to another missing person. 

Police say 42-year old Jaclyn Markcloud is considered missing and endangered, after she was last seen with James Ledford.

Police say Ledford’s body was found Monday afternoon with wounds consistent to gunshots. The body was concealed, but they didn’t specify how. That made it difficult at first to get an identification.

“All I can tell you is that the individual was concealed inside the vehicle in a way that, pending autopsy or take him to the medical examiner’s office, we didn’t have a lot of a way to view the victim to make a 100% positive identification,” Cleveland Police Chief Mark Gibson said. 

The positive ID allowed them to connect this case to Markcloud, after witnesses say they were seen together. 

Police couldn’t give details about how well Markcloud and Ledford knew each other, but they don’t have a reason to believe she was involved in his death.

“We don’t have any speculation that she was involved as far as that aspect but we know there are multiple individuals that were involved or have knowledge of this case,” Chief Gibson said. 

Now that police know who the victim was and have begun their investigation, they don’t think there’s a risk to the public.

“We believe that this individual was targeted by a specific person and for specific reasons and we don’t believe that there is a concern for other parties other than the individuals involved,” Gibson said. 

Police ask that if you have any information about where Markcloud may be or about James Ledford’s death, contact investigators at 423- 476-7511 or 423-476-1121.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Cleveland police have identified the man who was found dead inside a pickup truck outside an area mental health facility on Monday.

Police say James Ledford was found in the parking lot of Hiwassee Mental Health Center in a 1995 Chevy S10 pickup truck that was spray-painted black.

Police also say that further investigation has revealed that a missing person has been associated with the case. Police identify the missing person as Jaclyn Markcloud.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact Cleveland Police investigators at 423- 476-7511 or 423-476-1121.


PREVIOUS STORY: Police in Cleveland have determined the body found in a truck Monday will be investigated as a homicide. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm the identity of the white male.

The man was found in a 1995 Chevrolet S10 2-door extended cab pickup truck. Police say the truck was originally white in color, but investigators have learned that it was recently spray-painted black. The truck is missing the hood and has a manual transmission.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact Cleveland Police investigators at 423- 476-7511 or 423-476-1121.


PREVIOUS STORY: A homicide investigation began in Cleveland when a body was found in the parking lot of a mental health facility on Monday afternoon.

Police say the body of an adult white male was discovered in a 1995 Chevy S10 pickup in the parking lot of Hiwassee Mental Health Center.

Cleveland Police Sergeant Bobby Ruth says they aren't called to the area very often.

"Anytime something like this happens, it's very concerning in our community,” Sgt. Ruth said.

Police say the person who called 911 discovered the body inside a pickup truck around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Dozens of officers and detectives arrived at the scene within minutes.

"Any time we have an incident like this, you are going to have a high volume of officers here just to make sure we get everything safely and process this thoroughly,” Ruth said.

The cause of death is still unknown.

At first police didn't suspect foul play, but tips from the public led police to treat the incident as a homicide.

"There is no a difference in how it's handled. It's thorough and we take all safety precautions here at the scene and around the scene to make sure everything is investigated thoroughly,” Ruth said.

Police have notified the family of the victim.

Police say their investigation did not interfere with the mental health facility’s operations.

Sgt. Ruth assures the public that there is no immediate danger.

"There is no concern. We of course are following up on everything. And as part of an immediate threat, there isn't anything like that,” Ruth said.

The body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office in Bradley County where police expect to learn the victim's identity.

Police say the pickup the victim was found in was originally white in color but was recently spray-painted black.

Ruth encourages anyone with information to call the Cleveland Police Department at (423) 476-1121.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Cleveland police say a body has been found on Monday.

The discovery was made in the 1000 block of S. Ocoee Street around 1:30 p.m.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Evie West confirms the discovery at Hiwassee Mental Health Center.

Sgt. West says a person in the area found the body and called 911.

Channel 3 has a crew at the scene working to learn more.

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