Commonwealth Journal

April 24, 2014

Body found in Wayne may have ties to Pulaski case

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — The body of a deceased person located in Wayne County this week may be connected to a missing persons case here in Pulaski County, officials confirmed Thursday.

According to Lt. Det. Brett Whitaker of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, investigators have been searching for an missing Science Hill-area woman for about three weeks.

Specific details of the case are not yet being released by the sheriff’s department, but they confirmed that the woman is elderly and has not been seen for several months.

The investigation led detectives to a location on Brammer Hill Ridge Road in neighboring Wayne County, where a body was found on Wednesday at about 3:49 p.m.

Kentucky State Police Post 11 released a statement saying that their detectives are investigating the discovery of the body. They’re handling the investigation into the identity of the deceased and the circumstances surrounding the death along with the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Det. John Barnett. He was assisted at the scene by Det. Billy Correll.

The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

Once the results of the autopsy are revealed and a positive identification have been made, investigators will meet again to determine if further investigations are appropriate, according to the sheriff’s department.

“We are working closely with the KSP detectives and the coroner’s office in Wayne County,” said Whitaker. “We have shared information from our investigation with them and will continue to provide them with any and all information we have to assist them in determining how the deceased came to be at that location.”

Whitaker added that “if and when we obtain a positive identification that this is our missing person, we will then release further details into the circumstance of our investigation in Pulaski County.”