Crime Scene Technician Honored for Observation That Led to Arrest of Murder Suspect

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Crime Scene Technician Honored for Observation That Led to Arrest of Murder Suspect

Posted: 10/29/2015
Rebecca ByersKnoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch today honored KPD Crime Scene Technician Rebecca Byers as the May Employee of the Month for the Knoxville Police Department.  Ms. Byers has been with the department since January 2011.

Chief Rausch said that on May 3, 2015, Ms. Byers was dispatched to the Greenway on Sutherland Avenue to process evidence from a homicide.  While on the scene she was made aware of the suspect’s description from witnesses to the horrific attack.  

Chief Rausch said, “Being keenly aware of her surroundings, Ms. Byers observed a person walk into the Greenway parking lot and attempt to retrieve his vehicle.  Rebecca immediately alerted officers that the male matched the description of the assailant and that she observed what was believed to be blood on his clothing.”

Officers quickly closed in on the possible suspect and were able to detain him without incident.  

Chief Rausch said, “As a result of Ms. Byers’ attention the suspect was taken into custody and charged with the murder of Stefany Fairbanks.  The suspect, Timothy Ison, has a history of violence.  There is no question that his timely arrest not only brought a conclusion to this homicide, but prevented future assaults.”