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Sullivan County Sheriff's Office looking for homicide suspect

UPDATE:  Officials say they are now looking for a turquoise/green Nissan pickup truck. They originally said the vehicle of interest was a maroon Land Rover Discovery.

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The Sullivan County Sheriffs Department wants the public to be on the lookout for Johnny F. Royston Jr. He is a person of interest in the investigation into the murder of Rowdy Yates. 

At 12:20am on Saturday, June 8th, officers responded to 543 Eatons Private Drive in Bristol, TN. Upon arrival, they discovered Yates unconscious with an apparent gunshot wound. He was lying beside a camper in the woods behind the residence. 

Royston Jr. also has outstanding felony arrest warrants out of Virginia for violation of probation with the original charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

You should consider Royston armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information should contact the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department at (423) 279-7500.


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