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July 8, 2014

Body found; cause of death being probed

Somerset —

Investigators are trying to determine why the body of a northern Pulaski County man was found by the side of the road early Tuesday morning.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the body was recovered off of East Ky. 452 , which runs between Ky. 39 and North U.S. 27. It was located near a small stream and culvert just off the side of the roadway, about 2.3 miles east of U.S. 27, but Hinkle Contractor workers doing road work there.
The body was identified as Ricky Meredith, 45, of 2340 Ky. 452, according to the sheriff’s department.
There was no identification present, said Godbey, but he was identified by his tattoo and from information garnered by 911 dispatch services.
He was found wearing blue jean shorts and no shirt.
Det. Brett Whitaker of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department said that Meredith was apparently headed westward.
Investigators believe that Meredith was struck by an eastbound vehicle, but do not have a suspect vehicle description at this point.
“He had a lot of bruising,” said Pulaski County Coroner Chuck Godbey. “It kind of looks like that could have happened.”
The presence of road rash on the body indicates that he potentially slid down the highway, he said.
“Unfortunately, because the company had to clean the road before putting down sealant, that could have removed some evidence,” noted Godbey. “It could have moved nothing, or it could have moved something we can’t find.”
The sheriff’s office reported that the accident possibly occurred Sunday night into Monday.
Meredith’s girlfriend said that he left their residence at around midnight Sunday night, headed toward U.S. 27. She had not seen him since that time but had not reported him missing, according to the sheriff’s office.
“She said by (Monday) night, he hadn’t come back,” said Godbey. “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.”

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