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Results pending from firefighters’ autopsies
Liberty County Fire Services

Tennessee Bureau of Investigations officials have positively identified the bodies found June 30 in a car in rural northeast Tennessee as those of two missing Liberty County firefighters.

Autopsies have been conducted, and results are pending from the Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville.

The bodies of Chandler Kuhbander and Raegan Anderson were discovered in a car along Hollow Road in Cosby in Cocke County the morning of June 30.

Kuhbander was a senior firefighter with the county fire department, having joined in 2022. Anderson was a lieutenant.

Authorities issued a lookout for Anderson on June 26. A Liberty County deputy fire chief asked the HPD to conduct a welfare check on Anderson, who previously had been in a romantic relationship with Kuhbander.

When officers got to Anderson’s home, they found a note that raised concerns about her state of mind, HPD Chief Tracey Howard said.

Anderson also had been arrested in Pooler recently for an incident involving Kuhbander. Anderson was arrested after keying Kuhbander’s car June 22.

In a July 2 Facebook post, Chandler Kuhbander’s father Justin Kuhbander pleaded for some time and space from the news media.

“Will the news outlets please give my family time to greave (sic) this tremendous loss and respect our boundaries,” he wrote. “We will not be answering any questions at this time until the official report is complete. Please let us get our son back home before we’re bombarded with questions.”

At the request of 4th Judicial District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn, TBI agents are working alongside the Cocke County Sheriff ’s Office to investigate the circumstances leading to Kuhbander’s and Anderson’s deaths.

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