TBI: Man found dead in Dickson last year used fake name

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s assistance to identify a man found dead in Dickson in May 2018. 

During their investigation into his death, agents learned the man had been using the fictitious name ” Steve Johnson.” Now, investigators hope someone out there knows his real name. 

According to the TBI, the man’s body was found not far from his residence on Rock Springs Road in Charlotte. The medical examiner believes he died about two years before his body was discovered. 

Officials believe the unidentified man likely died of accidental or natural causes, and foul play is not suspected. 

Police say “Steve” lived with a woman named Patricia Beals for several years before she died a few months before him. 

The man, pictured, was a white man with short, graying hair. He was approximately 5-foot-6-inches tall and had a thin to average build. He was known to walk with a cane due to a limp that was likely caused by a stroke a few years before his death. 

People that knew him told investigators that “Steve” drove a white Nissan truck and liked to pick mushrooms in wooded areas near his home in Charlotte. 

Before his death/disappearance, he told a friend he was moving to Knoxville to live with a friend named Charlie. He also mentioned another friend, Buster, who was going to drive him there. 

If you knew “Steve” under another name, recognize the sketch of him, or know who any of his friends or family might be, please contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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