Missing Lexington man's body found in Kentucky River

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County Coroner confirmed Saturday that investigators recovered the body of Alex Johnson in the Kentucky River on Friday.

Johnson has been missing since December, and police spent Friday searching the river at the Fayette-Madison County line for evidence.

It was found in a blue barrel near Rip Tide on the River off Old Richmond Road. Coroner Gary Ginn was able to identify the body as Johnson's by his left and right thumb prints. Blunt force trauma injuries to the head are the cause of death.

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection to Johnson's death. Mark Taylor was arrested a few miles from the Mexican border-- he's charged with murder, kidnapping, and tampering with physical evidence. The other man, Timothy Ballard, is charged with kidnapping and tampering.

"There's a sadness in our community. A lot of people have been looking for Alex and I'm sorry that he has died," Ginn told WKYT.

Taylor is held in a Texas detention center. A hearing will be scheduled to discuss extradition back to Lexington.

Johnson will be laid to rest in Bowling Green.

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