Jessica Rhea Ford has been identified as a 40-year-old woman who was found dead on Thursday night beneath the Scenic Chondola at Anakeesta in the Smoky Mountains. Police are investigating, but the incident is considered an apparent suicide.
What have the Police Said?
In a news release, the City of Gatlinburg police said they are continuing the investigation of an apparent suicide due to witness statements holding that the victim jumped from the chairlift.
Jessica Rhea Ford’s Past Convictions
On Feb 23, 2018, when Donald Trump was still in office, Jessica Ford was arrested in Washington, D.C, after she smashed her SUV into a barrier in front of the White House.
According to USA Today, who shared the story, Ford had a history of convictions in Rutherford and Davidson counters. She was on several occasions charged with misuse of 911, trespassing, and violation of probation as per criminal records.
Photos of the vehicle clearly show Rutherford County plates. According to a clerk at the County Clerk’s Office, the license plate number is for a car registered to Jessica Rhea Ford of La Vergne. She was at the time of the 2018 incident 35 years old.
Jessica Rhea Ford Death & Cause
On Thursday night, July 28, The Gatlinburg Fire & Rescue Department were alerted about an incident on the park’s chairlift. They responded to the scene at 7:41 p.m. where a woman’s body was found shortly after that.
Sevier County Medical Examiners’ Office responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead. The victim was later identified as 40-year-old Jessica Rhea Ford. Her body was taken for an autopsy on the night of her death, and the results are yet to be released by the medical examiner.
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