Human remains found in Lexington storage unit

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s a mystery that now has the attention of both Lexington Police and federal investigators. Lexington Police tell us they are working with the U.S. Social Security Administration in the investigation.

Lexington Police say the Social Security Administration contacted them about helping agents with a potential financial crime investigation. They referred our other questions to the Social security Administration and we haven't been able to get any answers from them.

WKYT was the first crew on the scene after federal investigators received a tip that a body was found inside a storage unit on James Court.

They’re trying to figure out how a body ended up in a storage unit at Econo Self Storage near Winchester Road. They say it was there for quite some time.

“Obviously we are aware that someone has concealed another person’s death because we believe that these are humans remains that were found in a storage unit,” said Gary Ginn, the Fayette County Coroner.

The investigation into who the remains belong to and who put them there continued well into Wednesday night.

“I won’t comment on the cause or manner of death because I wasn’t able to examine the individual very well in order to preserve a lot of evidence,” Ginn told us.

The coroner also says determining all the details involved in this case will take time.

“I don't know when we are going to be able to identify the individual but we will try to do that as soon as possible.”

Officials also brought a forensic anthropologist out to the scene to assist in their investigation.

Police say an autopsy will be conducted on the body. At this point, police say they can't tell what caused the person's death.

The Fayette County Coroner told us Thursday an autopsy was performed on the body. They now say the body is that of an adult white male. They do not have an identification of the man, they tell us they're trying to get dental records.

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