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Grainger County, Tennessee, increases reward for search for Aaron White, suspect in Bean Station double murder

Grainger County, Tennessee, increases reward for search for Aaron White, suspect in Bean Station double murder
Grainger County, Tennessee, increases reward for search for Aaron White, suspect in Bean Station double murder

GRAINGER COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – The reward for information leading to the arrest of Aaron Ethan White, the suspect in a double homicide in Bean Station in May, was increased again this week.

The Grainger County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals Service are searching for White, and with the help of East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers, the total reward now being offered is $10,000.


White was charged with two counts of manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Jon Atkins, 49, and Deven McDaniel. Atkins and McDaniel were found dead on Rocky Springs Road in Bean Station on May 25.

The TBI put White on its wanted list in June and offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to White’s arrest. The Marshals Service followed later, also offering a $2,500 reward when it joined the search for White. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to White’s arrest.

On Monday, Grainger County Sheriff James Harville asked the County Commission to increase the total reward to $10,000, and the commission approved his request. Harville told 6 News that this was the longest such case he had gone without being arrested, so he had to go to the County Commission to get approval to increase the reward.

According to the Marshals’ Service, White is a very dangerous individual and is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is 6’1″, weighs about 220 pounds, and has reddish-brown hair. He is said to have a long, thick beard, but police say he may no longer have the beard and may have shaved his head.

The Marshals Service also previously stated that the public’s help in this case is extremely important because White is a loner, which makes the search for him difficult.

There are several ways to provide information in this case, including:

  • Contact the US Marshals 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WANTED2
  • Call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102
  • Submitting Information Using the USMS Tips App
  • Call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND
  • Call the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office at 865-828-3613
  • Or via the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers