Deputies investigating Mercer County veteran's 'suspicious' death

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MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Investigators say they found a 48-year-old veteran dead in his Mercer County home Friday night.

They tell us James Price had health issues but they believe there could be more to his death.

Deputies are calling his death suspicious because they say he was alive when he left UK Hospital Friday afternoon but he was found dead not long after he was dropped off at home.

"I thought it was all very strange," said a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified.

He says he called 911 when he saw Price fall out of a Lexington taxi on South Cedar Lane about 6 p.m. Friday.

"The guy kind of fell out, he couldn't sit up, stand up or anything. The cab driver picked him up from behind and carried and dragged him into the house and laid him on a couch and left," said the neighbor.

He tells us a deputy stopped by to check on Price and discovered he was dead.

"I was totally shocked," said the man who didn’t want to be identified.

Investigators tell us they don't know if Price died in the car on the way back from the hospital or if he died in his home.

Deputies say the driver is cooperating with their investigation. We're told he says Price was still alive when he dropped him off.

The neighbor we spoke with believes if Price wasn't already dead, he was dying.

He says the 48-year-old was an Iraq war veteran who deserved much better.

"I don't think he should have been deposited in an empty house by himself, was just thrown in and left," he said.

The coroner tells us he may learn how Price died by Monday or Tuesday.

We’re told charges haven't been filed because investigators are waiting to learn Price's cause of death and time of death.

We reached out to the Lexington taxi company involved but we are still waiting to hear back from them.

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