Experts Identify Skeletal Remains Found By Highway

Police have identified the human remains found earlier this week along the Bluegrass Parkway in Mercer County.

The Anderson County coroner says the skeletal remains are that of 25-year-old Amanda Lynn Hughes who was from Nicholasville.

The positive identification was made using dental records at the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Her body was found by a hunter on Wednesday morning near the Anderson County line. Investigators say based on some wounds to the body, Hughes was a murder victim.

Hughes has been missing since February of 2006.

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  • by Misty Location: Lexington on Nov 7, 2007 at 04:05 PM
    I am Amandas sister and I just want to say for the record that she WAS involved in her kids lives. All she is guilty of is trusting the wrong people and giving every person she met the benefit of the doubt. Amanda had the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met... I know it's easy to read a news story and think you know someone but anyone who has negative things to say about Amanda obviously didn't know her. In NOWAY did she deserve to die this way regardless of her poor choices in friends or anything else. I want to thank everyone who has given us love and support, you have made this whole ordeal just a little bit easier to deal with. Please keep our family in your prayers! Thank you
  • by Justin Location: Nicholasville on Nov 2, 2007 at 05:27 AM
    To Marie: While I agree with your sentiment, I would beg to not have the comments degenerate into one person bashing another's viewpoint. For those of us who knew her, I know I can say that I had warned her in the past that some of the people she hung out with were not the safest to be around. I also think that it's immaterial; it really doesn't matter at this point...Amanda is gone and nothing will Ever make that right. I just wish that they would not quote her father on that point in every instance of this article I've found. For the sake of the report, it's not necessary as it just fuels things like the below instead of inspiring witnesses to help and encouraging others to give sympathy for those of us who loved her. I may just be an ex boyfriend that hadn't talked to her in a few years, but I have always cared about her, and I will miss her always. I just wish Misty or her parents had let me know about any of this, even if I only found out to be able to attend the funeral....
  • by Marie Location: Lexington on Oct 30, 2007 at 01:06 PM
    To BgB I am a young woman of two children and one on the way.What does this ladies lifestyle have to do with the fact that she was murdered. Regardless of what kind of lifestyle you are living, it doesn't give you the right to murdered. I am pretty sure this woman loved her kids just as much as any other mom weather they were with her or not. This has nothing to do with not caring about your life or your children cause you cant control what someone who is not in their right state of mind will do to you. If you pay attention to the news alot of women who are killed their attacker majority of the time is someone who is realted to them or their spouse which whom are sometimes law abiding citizens. I feel sorry for this girls kids and her family.
  • by BgB Location: Lexington on Oct 30, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    Please, young women (particularly those who bring babies into the world) be aware of who you are associating with. If your life is not important to you, please think of the children who are affected by your actions and the consequences of them. Sorry to not sugarcoat this situation but the family has already elaborated on her lifestyle and the fact that her kids didn't live with her.
  • by mom Location: sharpsburg on Oct 30, 2007 at 05:36 AM
    there is know words to say that will make you feel better .i just wanted you to know that iam so sorry for you and your family. i just could;nt imagiane having to give up one of my kids.i hope this will help you some; you take care of yourself and those two babies she left behind.maybe they will catch the person that did this to your child.
  • by ben Location: lex on Oct 30, 2007 at 05:19 AM
    I knew Amanda. I'm sorry for your loss Misty, she's at rest.
  • by Dee Location: Kentucky on Oct 27, 2007 at 10:45 PM
    To "Mom" in KY, Could you not have tried to be the one to spread the "bad tidbit" of info on the poor girl? Who cares how involved in her kids life she was or was not, she was young and no matter what she did not deserve this! I didn't know Amanda but I am so sorry to hear of this. It breaks my heart to see anyone die but to have to die at the hands of someone else...that is just sad! God Bless the family. RIP Amanda
  • by Michelle Location: Nicholasville on Oct 27, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    I will always miss Amanda. She had such a big heart.
  • by kerry on Oct 27, 2007 at 11:24 AM
    I am a friend of Amanda's sister, my heart and prayers go out to her family.
  • by A mom Location: KY on Oct 27, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    This is a sad story, all the way around. The Lex Herald story today also stated she had two young children, 2 and 4, I believe. They have lost their mother forever; although, from the story, she was not very involved in their lives before her disappearance or death. Still, these children will not have their mother in their lives when all children need their parents. Very sad. I feel sorry for the family involved.
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