MONROE/ POLK COUNTY – A multi-agency investigation involving special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and sheriffs’ detectives from Monroe, Polk, and McMinn counties has resulted in the arrest of an Etowah man, charged with killing his father. Officers with the Etowah Police Department, the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, and 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office were also involved.

On May 1st, human remains were discovered in a wooded area on Old Furnace Road in Tellico Plains. The following day, at the request of 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump, TBI agents and the Knox County Forensic Center joined the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. An autopsy confirmed the identity of the victim as John Henry Ball (DOB 07/04/1957) of Delano in Polk County. During the course of the investigation, investigators developed information that identified the victim’s son, John Scott Ball, as the individual responsible for his father’s death.

On May 5th, John S. Ball (DOB 12/16/1976) was arrested and charged with one count of 1st Degree Murder and one count of Abuse of a Corpse. Ball has been booked into the Polk County Jail without bond pending his next court appearance.