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Funeral arrangements announced for Chelsie Walker

Chelsie Walker, 24, disappeared around Halloween. She was later found dead in a rural part of Monroe County.

MADISONVILLE, Tennessee – A Madisonville mother who disappeared and was later found dead will be remembered Saturday.

Biereley-Hale Funeral Home announced preparations for Chelsie Walker’s memorial service. The Madisonville funeral home said it will hold a memorial service at its chapel at 4650 Highway 411 on Saturday, November 26 at 1 p.m.

Chelsie Walker, 24, disappeared around Halloween. About a week later, police found her remains in a remote part of Monroe County. The Madisonville community gathered in early November to honor Walker and help her family.

Tracy Smith, Walker’s mother, gave a heartfelt speech about her journey in search of her child from the moment she realized she was missing.

“I broke down because yeah, it’s my baby, you know,” said Tracy Smith, Walker’s mom. “I just want her home.”

It was Halloween, Smith said, she knew something was wrong as she went to work that day. She called and texted her daughter. After going to the police, they started looking for her.

“We drove around and went everywhere we could put up these flyers,” Smith said.

About a week later, Smith said police told her they’d found her daughter’s body, but didn’t let her go.

“I just kept hoping,” Smith said. “I thought you were wrong, you were wrong. My baby is coming home.”

The community gathered in Kefauver Park to honor Walker’s life and to donate to help with funeral expenses and Walker’s two children. Smith said this location was where they met and where they had Walker’s Sweet 16 birthday party.

The Detective Division of the Madisonville Police Department informed the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of their findings and a joint investigation into her disappearance was launched.

According to an affidavit filed in Monroe County General Sessions Court, a man named Andrew Young is facing a charge related to the case: fraudulent use of a debit card. He also faces multiple methamphetamine charges, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On November 3, deputies arrested Young and booked him into the Monroe County Jail on the charges.

The deputy sheriff’s office for Monroe County said in the affidavit that they were investigating Walker’s disappearance and said she left a Madisonville Walmart with another man on Oct. 29. Walker’s vehicle was found abandoned in the store’s parking lot.

The MP said Walker was seen getting into a vehicle with another man, whom he identified as Hayden Millsaps. The deputy spoke to Millsaps, who said he picked Walker up and they drove to Young’s home on Sawmill Road in Tellico Plains.

The affidavit said Young told investigators Walker and Millsaps arrived at his home on Oct. 29, which was the last time she was seen by anyone.

The deputy said they checked Walker’s bank card and found it was used to get gas at a gas station off Highway 68 in Tellico Plains. The officer said they checked camera footage from the gas station and saw Young using the card and said it happened around 1:19 p.m. on the day Walker disappeared.

The MP said Young did not have consent to use the card to make the purchase.

After executing a search warrant at Young’s home, deputies said they found a one-pot meth lab in a dryer in the home, as well as a handgun. Young is scheduled to appear in court on November 15 for card fraud.

According to the MCSO, Millsaps was also arrested and charges are pending unrelated to Walker’s death.

Officials said they are waiting for a full autopsy to be performed before considering other charges in their investigation into Walker’s death and said it could be as late as December before they get results.

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