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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - A routine early morning job for a paving crew results in an unusual find.
“We’re up here paving on highway 452. In that ditch line down there, I think I’ve found a possible dead body,” the highway crew tells the 911 dispatcher, when the emergency call was made about 7:30 Tuesday morning.
The crew had just put down a layer of oil when the man…wearing only shoes and shorts was found.
“He’s in the ditch, down by the culvert, yes. He looks like he’s been hit or drug.”
Police identified the man as Ricky Meredith, 45. He had not been seen since late Sunday night and police suspect a driver hit him and didn’t stop.
“There does appear to be some blunt force trauma, and some abrasion. That’s why it looked like it might be a vehicle accident,” said coroner Charles Godbey.
Officials still have a lot of questions as to how and why it happened. But the coroner says that his girlfriend says he had a habit of taking late night walks to clear his mind.”
But he never came home.
“I asked why she didn’t file a report. She said,'it takes 24 hours,' that is true,” said Godbey.
In fact officials say she was just about report him missing when the highway crew found him.
The accident happened along a section of narrow roadway that some call dangerous.
“One of the biggest straight stretches right through here, people fly down it,” said Chris Denney who lives nearby.
Now police are looking for the driver who caused an accident they believe ended a man’s life.
Anyone with information about a car or person involved in a crash is asked to call the sheriff's office at 606-678-5145.