KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - While searching for a missing woman in Knott County, a group of people say they stumbled upon a body.
One mile east of Hindman is where a crew with our sister station in Hazard and a search party were looking for Christina Barnett, of Johnson County, who was last seen in Hazard on Wednesday. We are told that's when David Fairchild, a friend of the family, found what they believe is Barnett's body, badly burned and covered by a television.
"I noticed a pile of junk, and I looked, but I didn't really catch it until I seen her boots," said David Fairchild, a family friend who discovered the body. "I could tell she had been burned like her head burned and everything."
Family has been searching for days along Highway 80 and fear it might have been too late.
"Now I have to go home with my mom and break this news to my kids that loved her, that she got up with every morning," said Michelle Hale, who is Christina Barnett's sister. "The family came together. And like I said, our dad died four and a half years ago, so what's getting me through is I know he's got her in his arms right now."
State police have not said whether foul play is suspected. But considering the circumstances, family is sure someone did this to her. Barnett's sister has a strong message for the person responsible.
"I just don't see how they could be so cruel to how they killed her. And you will pay for what you've done to my sister," said Hale. "I hope you rot in prison."
Both state police and the coroner were on scene Wednesday afternoon but have not confirmed the identity of the body or any details in this case. They say the body will be sent for an autopsy. The investigation is still ongoing.