Sheriff: Remains likely those of missing Elizabethton woman; husband sought for questioning

Published 4:50 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Officials believe they have found the remains of a Carter County woman reported missing in August, as the search continues for her husband, who has not been since her disappearance.
Carter County Sheriff Mike Fraley said Tuesday that the remains discovered in a burnt vehicle on Dry Branch Road on Aug. 23 have been sent to the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center to confirm identification and provide an official cause of death.
“The remains are believed to be those of Shannon Marie Issacs, who was reported missing earlier that day to the Elizabethton Police Department,” Fraley said in a release.
Fraley also said results of the initial autopsy performed are still pending.
Deputies are continuing to search for Isaacs’ husband, Brandon Clay Carrier, who has also not been seen since the date his wife went missing and the remains of a deceased female were found inside a burnt vehicle at Mr. Carrier’s residence on Dry Branch Road.
Fraley said Carrier is wanted for questioning in the disappearance of Issacs and the discovery of the remains, and Carrier also has an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.
Carrier is a white male, age 40, approximately 6 feet, 1 inch tall, and weighing approximately 150 pounds.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is currently offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest on the outstanding warrant.
Issacs, 35, of Elizabethton, was reported missing after she failed to pick her children up from school and family members were not able to locate her at her home on Pine Ridge Circle.
Later that day, Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the reports of a vehicle fire at a residence on Dry Creek Road. They found the remains of a deceased female inside the vehicle, which had been destroyed by fire.
Investigators continue to gather evidence and interview any witnesses who may be able to provide details of the events leading up to her disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding the case or the location of Carrier is asked to contact the Carter County Sheriff’s Department at 423-542-1845 or contact 911. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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