Dennis Richard Smith

A Tennessee woman is safe and her ex-husband is behind bars after he allegedly abducted her from a home where she was working Wednesday afternoon.

The FBI in Knoxville released a statement Thursday saying Tamra Beam, 51, was found safe at the eastbound I-40 rest area in Marion at 6:40 a.m.

The Knoxville Police Department reported that officers responded Wednesday to 7205 Sheffield Drive in Knoxville in reference to a reported burglary and possible crime against a person.

The release says the homeowner stated he returned to the residence and discovered that the rear door of the home had been forced open. Based on additional statements from the homeowner, it was determined a female housekeeper had been present in the home at the time of the break-in, and physical evidence at the scene indicated she had possibly been abducted.

The housekeeper was identified as Beam, and a search began for a blue Ford Fusion with a North Carolina license plate.

Dennis Smith, 53, was taken into custody at the rest area and is awaiting an initial appearance in federal court. It is anticipated that Smith will be brought back to the Eastern District of Tennessee to face charges.

An FBI press release said the victim was found thanks to “an extremely well coordinated effort by FBI Charlotte, FBI Knoxville, the Knoxville Police Department, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion Police Department, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the McDowell County Office of Emergency Management.”


McDowell County authorites say a Knoxville man wanted for abducting his ex-wife on Wednesday was been taken into custody Thursday morning at the I-40 eastbound rest area in Marion.

The victim was found unharmed and the suspect was arrested.The FBI is investigating the case.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.