Remains of California man missing since 2017 found in Tennessee; foul play suspected

The remains of a man who went missing after visiting Memphis, Tennessee, have been found. 

Sean Turner – who was visiting from California – went missing on Nov. 14, 2017.

According to Memphis police, Turner's burned up rental car was found two weeks later in South Memphis.

His remains were just found by investigators on Jan. 17, according to authorities. Police said the remains were located at the intersection of Fields and Cook roads in South Memphis.

No arrests have been made.

WHBQ spoke with Turner's family shortly after his disappearance.

Memphis police said the cause of Turner's death is "undetermined" as of now. However, investigators said "foul play" is suspected.

They are investigating the incident as a homicide.

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Turner left California to go to St. Louis. He rented a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, booked a hotel, and made a day trip to Memphis like many people do, WHBQ reported.

But the father of three crossed the "M Bridge," made it to Frayser, and was never seen again, the station reported.

"He's like one of a kind. Like he's always so helpful. He's always thinking of other people. He's always willing to give and help his family members," said Turner's daughter, Whitnee Turner. "We had a family friend make a phone call to him about 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day, and at that time his phone was already going straight to voicemail, and since that day it hasn't been turned back on.”

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Panic set in once they realized their patriarch was missing. The family traveled to Memphis and notified police. They soon found out that he was last seen on the 2700 block of Lake Park Road in Frayser and hadn't been seen since.

His cellphone and rental car were not able to be tracked. Police found a burned-out vehicle at Forrester and West Mitchel roads the same day of Turner's disappearance.

That car was confirmed to be the one rented by Turner.

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