Commonwealth Journal

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July 10, 2014

Man found dead suffered severe injuries

Somerset —

Initial autopsy results show a man who was found dead this week beside a rural highway suffered severe injuries. 
Pulaski County Coroner Chuck Godbey said Ricky Meredith, 45, of 2340 Ky. 452, who’s body was found early Tuesday morning, suffered skull and spinal fractures.
Meredith’s body was found off East Ky. 452 in Eubank, which runs between Ky. 39 and North U.S. 27. He was located about 2.3 miles east of U.S. 27 by Hinkle Contractor workers doing road work.
Investigators believe Meredith, who was believed to be walking westward, may have been struck by an eastbound vehicle. The extent of his injuries suggest he was struck by something large, according to Godbey.
“The injuries were pretty severe,” said Godbey.
Godbey pointed out that Merdith suffered from dermal abrasions as well, which is also known as road rash. Godbey had stated on Tuesday soon after Meredith’s body was discovered that the rash could have been a sign of Meredith sliding down the highway. 
Still, Godbey said they are continuing to piece together what occurred as Meredith was walking alongside Ky. 452 sometime Sunday night and into Monday. 
“We’re trying to determine that that’s actually what happened,” said Godbey. 
Meredith’s girlfriend told investigators that he left their residence late Sunday night, headed toward U.S. 27. She had not seen him since that time but had not reported him missing, according to investigators.
“She said by (Monday) night, he hadn’t come back,” said Godbey on Tuesday. “She said it’s not unusual for him to take off and walk. When he gets frustrated, he goes for walks to cool down, but he didn’t come home. She was on her way to report him this morning when we found him.”
Lt. Detective Brett Whitaker, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, said on Thursday that investigators are still looking for any witnesses who might have seen Meredith walking along the roadway Sunday night or early Monday morning.
“Nothing we have received so far has led us to a suspect,” Whitaker wrote in an email to the Commonwealth Journal. “We are still asking for information from the public.”
Those with information about any vehicle or person involved in the incident are asked to call the sheriff’s department at 678-5145. Callers may remain anonymous.
The investigation is continuing.

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