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Community reacts to body found along Versailles highway

VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say a driver found Timmothy Saunders, 51, dead on Highway 33 in Woodford County Sunday morning. Now Vernon Saunders, 56, is charged with his murder.

As Versailles Police investigated on the long stretch of road that makes up Highway 33, it was shut down for most of the day on Sunday. The crime is a shocking one to everyone who ran into that road block.

Bicyclists thought it was a minor detour in their lengthy route. But hearing the details of what police are calling gruesome, some bicyclists learned their usual biking path has been a crime scene all day.

"It's very disturbing," said Eric Smart, a bicyclist. "You hardly ever see anyone out here. It's so quiet and rural, which makes it a good place to cycle."

Vernon Saunders was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and the abuse of a corpse after a standoff with police for three hours at his home on Highway 33, also known as Troy Pike. That's where police say the crime started and ended.

The coroner has identified the body to be Timmothy Saunders of Florida. His body was found by a driver just one mile or two down the highway. Versailles Police shared us that they believe the man's body was dragged behind a vehicle for almost two miles.

"It's pretty shocking," said Daniel Royster, another bicyclist. "It's hard to believe that stuff happens even here in this area."

Neighbors on the outskirts of the crime scene weren't willing to talk since they don't know the men involved.

"I know people around here and can imagine that it would be hard for them," said Royster.

The coroner's report doesn't reveal what the man died of or if he was dead before he was dragged along Highway 33.

Highway 33 is now open to traffic. The portion of it between Troy Road and Pauls Mill Road was closed for 15 hours.


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