Chattanooga Police investigating death at Orange Grove residence

Carrie Parkey was found dead in his residence. (Image: Orange Grove Center)

UPDATE: Orange Grove Center sent us a picture of Carrie Parkey on Friday, along with more information about him and about what the Orange Grove Center does.

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UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified the man who was found in a van on Tuesday.

The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities confirms they are investigating the death. A spokesperson tells News Channel 9 that the DIDD oversees the Orange Grove Center.

Carrie Lee Parkey, 60, was found unresponsive in one of Orange Grove's vans.

An Orange Grove Staff member called 911.

Chattanooga Police say there were no signs of major injuries, but due to the suspicious way that his body was found, an autopsy will be performed by the Hamilton County Medical Examiner.

During an interview, the Director of Development for Orange Grove became emotional.

"Obviously this is very difficult for all of us and we're very, all of us are very upset and we will all grieve over the loss of this individual," Heidi Hoffecker said while crying.

Orange Grove serves adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

Many of them live in group homes and are taken to a place to work each day.

Hoffecker says that's what was supposed to happen with Parkey.

He was picked up at 8 Tuesday morning but was later found on that same van at 3 Tuesday afternoon.

On its Facebook page Wednesday morning, the Orange Grove Center asked for privacy:


Chattanooga Police are investigating a death reported at an Orange Grove residence.

A spokeswoman with the Chattanooga Police Department confirmed that a body was found in a van on Lillian Court.

Police and the Medical Examiner are on the scene.

Police could not say if they suspect foul play at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Depend on NewsChannel 9 to bring you updates to this story online and on-air as they are made available.

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