“The coroner’s office and police department both tracked down leads, neither of which had any success in identifying (Richardson’s) immediate or extended family,” said Smith. “We tried to make contact with people we think are acquaintances of his, and that proved to be unsuccessful.”
Smith said the decision to release the identity was discussed “a number of times” with Pulaski County Coroner Chuck Godbey in their collaborative efforts to locate the victim’s family members.
If the body isn’t claimed, the county will pay for Richardson’s funeral services and burial.
“I feel certain the release of this person’s identity in the media may help to bring a member of the family forward,” said Smith.
If you know Richardson’s family, please contact the Somerset Police Department at (606) 678-5176 or the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office at (606) 679-1850 during normal business hours. After hours, please call the Pulaski 911 Center for assistance.
The investigation is continuing on what causes or contributing factors lead to Richardson being struck by the train.