Two murders in 48 hours keep Clay County investigators busy

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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Less than 48 hours apart, investigators in Clay County opened two murder case files. One where a man was found dead in his home after being beaten and robbed. The other was a body so badly burned they have not been able to identify the victim. It's a crime with more questions than answers at this point.

"They're following up on leads and trying to ascertain who this person is," said Trooper Don Trosper of the Kentucky State Police.

Investigators were called to the Crawfish community of Clay County, on Saturday afternoon, where the body was found off a dirt road and they say it was so burned they couldn't say if it was male or female, initially.

"It is definitely a murder," said Trooper Trosper, "there's an autopsy occuring, as we speak, in Frankfort and hopefully, by the end of the day, we'll have the preliminary cause of death."

They now know the victim is a male, and people in the community believe it could Eli Marcum, a man who's been missing for a week. The body was found while family members of Marcum were out searching for their loved one. Investigators haven't confirmed the identity, and they say there is still much more to track down.

This case only adds that to the list of questions they are already having to answer in another murder committed just a day-and-a-half before.

"No link, as of yet. Of course, that's always a possibility, but we're not anticipating it."

In that case, 74-year-old Earl Woods was found dead Thursday night, in his home, after he had been robbed and beaten.

"Sometimes things happen and unfortunately these two items occurred in a close proximity of each other," explained Trooper Trosper.

While detectives have their hands full working two killings in a short time period, they say they are making progress and have leads. Still, no arrests have been made.

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