Authorities have charged Askia Witherow in the October 2018 murder of Jacob Dakota Moore of Apison.
An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the 10th District Attorney General’s Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of the 39-year-old Ooltewah man.
At the request of 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump, on Oct.
29, 2018, TBI agents joined investigators from Polk County and the District Attorney’s Office in investigating skeletal remains that were found by hunters on Benton Mountain in the Reliance community.
The remains were ultimately identified as those of Jacob Dakota Moore, 26.
During the course of the investigation, and with the assistance of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, agents developed information that they said identified Witherow, an acquaintance of the victim, as a person responsible for his death.
On Thursday night, officers arrested Witherow in Georgia, and charged him with one count of first-degree murder, one count of especially aggravated burglary, four counts of especially aggravated robbery, one count of kidnapping, four counts of false imprisonment, and four counts of interference with an emergency call.
Witherow was booked into the Catoosa County Jail without bond, pending extradition to Tennessee.