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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


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In those interviews, Jon stated that he had no physical address and had been living out of his car after having his home repossessed. Additionally, Jon confirmed that his mother was deceased by refused to disclose how or when she died or the location of her body, according to the sheriff’s report.
Meanwhile, OIG agents continued to investigate and learned that Faye had been bedfast for several years and that Jon was her sole caretaker.
The case took a fatal turn on March 29, when Jon Whiteford committed suicide after speaking with a deputy. Jon was staying at a friend’s home on Maggie Lane, next door to his own property, while the owners were away (they lived in Lexington and had given Jon a key to help take care of the place while they were gone).
A sheriff’s deputy approached the home to speak with Jon, who turned a handgun on himself and committed suicide.
Lt. Brett Whitaker of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department noted that the suicide left a host of unanswered questions for investigators, as a search of both homes and the surrounding area revealed no sign of Faye Whiteford.
When asked if Jon’s actions indicated to authorities that he might have been involved in suspicious behavior, Whitaker noted that it was believed that was likely before the suicide.
“We were confident something else was going on anyway,” said Whitaker. “We just didn’t know what it was.
“When he committed suicide, it just told us that he was at the end of his rope, knowing information about his mom was coming out,” added Whitaker.
On April 22, Pulaski Sheriff’s detectives, as well as the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office and special agents with the OIG’s office, met with K-9 units from the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to search the area around the homes on Maggie Lane for any sign of Faye Whiteford’s remains. The dogs, specially trained to search for the scent of the deceased, were unable to find any trace of Faye Whiteford’s remains, according to the sheriff’s office.

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