Most Wanted: Randy Fortner wanted for murder 26 years after brot - WRBL

Most Wanted: Randy Fortner wanted for murder 26 years after brother's killing

Posted: Updated: Date / Time
This is one of the last known photographs of Randy Fortner.  He's accused of killing his brother Gary in 1987. This is one of the last known photographs of Randy Fortner. He's accused of killing his brother Gary in 1987.
Rescue squad members peer over the railing of the Butler Bridge in the moments after Randy Fortner's car was found parked in the middle of the road. Rescue squad members peer over the railing of the Butler Bridge in the moments after Randy Fortner's car was found parked in the middle of the road.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:48:04 GMT
    Facebook image from Dan FlynnFacebook image from Dan Flynn
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
  • State officials: Patient at Charlotte hospital did not have Ebola

    State officials: Patient at Charlotte hospital did not have Ebola

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:56:47 GMT
    According to officials, a patient arrived at Carolinas Medical Center Emergency Department on Tuesday evening after visiting a country known for high risk of infectious diseases.
    According to officials, a patient arrived at Carolinas Medical Center Emergency Department on Tuesday evening after visiting a country known for high risk of infectious diseases.
  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:21:09 GMT
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) -

On the night of May 27, 1987, Randy Fortner drove his car to the middle of the Butler Bridge.

He put the car into park.

Inside, he left blood-covered shoes and the shotgun he'd used only moments earlier to murder his brother.

Then, Randy Fortner vanished.

Photographs of that night show rescue squad members standing beside the car, peering over the side of the bridge into the inky black waters of the Watauga Lake in Carter County, Tennessee.   They, like everyone else, assumed that Randy Fortner had jumped.

At that moment, a witness was telling Sheriff's deputies that he heard an explosion of gunfire from the home of his neighbor Gary Fortner.   Looking outside, the witness said he saw Randy Fortner leaving this home of his 22-year-old brother carrying something in his arms.

That neighbor found Gary's shirtless body stretched out in the floor of his home, his chest ruptured by shotgun wounds.

Deputy Rocky Croy was one of the first officers to inspect the crime scene.   

Almost 26 years later, Captain Rocky Croy is still baffled by the events of that night, the two distinct crime scenes, and the lack of answers about what happened.

"They searched and searched in that lake," Croy said.  "But they never found Randy's body."

Did Randy Fortner die that night, the same night he killed his brother?

"My personal opinion is no," said Croy.   "I don't think he did.

What happened to Randy Fortner?  Why would he kill his brother?   And was it Randy on the other end of the line when a silent person placed a phone call every Christmas Day during the Fortner family gathering for several years after the crime?

Almost 26 years later, Capt. Croy hasn't given up on getting answers.

"I believe someone knows what happened, and now is the time to come forward with that information." said Croy.

If you have information about this case, call the Carter County Sheriff's Office at 423-542-1845.

Copyright 2013 WJHL.  All rights reserved.

  • Monday's Most WantedMonday's Most WantedMore>>

  • Most Wanted: accused paving scammers targeting elderly in Tri-Cities Region

    Most Wanted: accused paving scammers targeting elderly in Tri-Cities Region

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:37:46 GMT
    Two accused paving scammers are on the run after they got caught in Carter County ripping off elderly residents in the Milligan community.The Carter County Sheriff's Office wants to charge Frank Edward Small and Richard Donovan Adams with theft over $10,000.Investigators said they could be connected to similar crimes in other areas.
    Two accused paving scammers are on the run after they got caught in Carter County ripping off elderly residents in the Milligan community.The Carter County Sheriff's Office wants to charge Frank Edward Small and Richard Donovan Adams with theft over $10,000.Investigators said they could be connected to similar crimes in other areas.
  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:21:09 GMT
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
  • June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:30:26 GMT
    Gregory A. DarnellGregory A. Darnell
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.