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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 —

As detectives searched deeper into Jon Whiteford’s activities before his death, they came across information that suggested Jon was trying to rent a piece of property at 2611 Brammer Hill Ridge Road in Wayne County. The residence is an older home in need of repair before it can be safely occupied.
On April 23, a detective with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office went to that address to investigate, finding that the residence had been clearly unoccupied for some time. However, there were signs that made it appear that someone had been working on the home.
While looking around the property, the detective found a tied-up tarp, partially covered with a wooden box, in the front yard of the home. It appeared that someone had simply set the tarp out in the yard at the edge of the drive.
 After untying the tarp, a body was found inside. The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort to be identified.
On Tuesday, the Kentucky State Police and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department jointly released the confirmation that the body belonged to Faye Whiteford.
No cause of death is known yet, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran. However, Whitaker did confirm that it appeared that Faye had died of natural causes before being hidden at the Wayne County site. 
Interviews with acquaintances of both Jon and Faye Whiteford revealed a number of details and facts. According to the sheriff’s department, this investigation — both before and after the discovery of Faye Whiteford’s remains — revealed that she had been bedfast at the Maggie Lane residence for several years, with Jon as her primary caregiver with power of attorney on record, giving him access to all her finances.
According to interviews with witnesses and acquaintances, Fay passed away sometime around the spring of 2011. Following this, Jon decided that he needed to continue drawing his mother’s Social Security and retirement benefits.

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