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May 6, 2014

Discovery of body leads to identification of missing woman

Details learned about suicide of Science Hill man, circumstances of mother's disappearance

Science Hill —

A body discovered in Wayne County last month has unraveled the mystery of a missing Science Hill woman and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the suicide of her son.
 According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the body found at a residence on Brammer Hill Ridge Road in the neighboring county on April 23 belonged to Faye B. Whiteford, who was 96 when she passed away.
Faye Whiteford had apparently been hidden away, wrapped inside a tarp, at the empty residence by her son Jon Whiteford, 59, who committed suicide in late March, according to the sheriff’s office.
Jon Whiteford, a native of Eubank, owned a computer company in Somerset and in Lexington.
The sheriff’s office had been involved into an investigation into the disappearance of Faye, a former teacher in the Pulaski County School System, since February, when local detectives were contacted by the state’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) asking for help in locating a Pulaski County woman and her son regarding a referral from the Social Security Administration.
Faye had been receiving Social Security benefits, the OIG informed the sheriff’s office, but had not made a medical claim of any type in about three years. That lack of medical billing for a 96-year-old flagged in the system the need for a check on her condition, possibly to verify if she might be deceased. OIG agents found no record that Faye had died after contacting the Office of Vital Statistics.
Sheriff’s detectives were also informed that Jon had access to his mother’s finances and would need to be contacted concerning her status.
Detectives located a property at 44 Maggie Lane in Science Hill that was registered in Faye Whiteford’s name, but it was found to be abandoned with no sign of occupancy.
As the investigation was being conducted, according to the sheriff’s office, Jon went to the local Social Security off to apply for his own benefits on March 6. He was interviewed at that time and again on March 13 by OIG agents and Somerset Police Department detectives.

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