Body Is Found In A Burned Camper

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A body is found inside a burned camper.

It happened in the Marrowbone community of Pike County.

The camper was discovered Monday afternoon off the Left Fork of Dry Fork Road.

Police are investigating how the fire started and are working to identify who was inside the camper.

Investigators say it is too early to tell how the fire started.

The body is too burned to make an ID, but family members nearby say it was their father's camper, and they believe he is the one who died.

Only charred remains are left of Ricky Ray Jones' camper.

Cliffton Jones, 21, says he talked to his father on the phone last night.

He says his dad told him he was going to spend the night in his camper in the woods.

Jones says never thought it could be the last time he talked to his father.

“Figured I'd call him this morning and we'd get into something or other this evening, see what he was doing, but it doesn't look like we'll be getting into much,” Cliffton Jones said.

Police found a body in the burned rubble.

Investigators can't identify it yet, but Jones believes it is his dad.

“Dad he was good to everybody. He never said anything bad about anybody. He always helped everybody out,” Jones said.

This is their family's second tragedy in two weeks.

Jones says his dad's brother died in an ATV accident just two weeks ago and says that's why his dad was in the woods.

“It was just what he liked to do. He liked to be out here with the trees and grass. He decided he wanted to come up here for a few days and stuff, stuff getting to him,” Jones said.

Investigators don't know yet how the fire started or how the victim died.

“We aren't certain of the cause of death. We don't see any indication of foul play at this point in time, but we can't rule it out, it's too early to,” Mike Goble, KSP, said.

Detectives and arson investigators are digging through the rubble for answers.

Jones can't describe how much he'll miss his dad.
“I’ll miss him a lot! We had talked about going deer hunting on Saturday, but we're not gonna make it. It's tough. I don't know what I am going to do,” Jones said.

He is making plans to honor his father's memory.

The body is going to Frankfort for an autopsy, the medical examiner will make a positive id.

Police say it may take several days to find out how the fire started.


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  • by CLIFFTON JONES Location: ROCKHOUSE, KENTUCKY on Sep 23, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    MY FATHER IS TERRIABLY MISSED.........THANKS FOR ALL THE PRAYERS
  • by Anonymous Location: Pikeville Ky on Sep 10, 2008 at 10:30 PM
    My Prayer's And Thoughts Go Out The Jones Family. May God Bless You All In This Hard Time In Your Life Just Remember When You Have God On Your Side All Thing Are Possible.
  • by Cindy Location: Pikeville on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    To Smurf and Ritchie, you are in my prayers. If you need anything, please let us know.
  • by Tabitha Location: Pike on Sep 9, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    Umm.. Besty i know clifton he love his father very much.. im sure it was ricky because he was the only person up in the camper. and plus if it wasnt im sure ricky would of also told his son that it wasnt him. ricky was a great man. just like clifton said he never had anything bad to say about his father. i love ricky ray "speck" jones. Meth lab??? in a camper? never ricky would never do anything like that. your right its nothing to laugh about because i just want to best for the jones family. i love you "speck"
  • by betsy Location: perry county on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:29 AM
    Hate to say it but sounds like he knows too much about this. I would be praying that it wasn't my dad instead of making arrangements. Let them make an ID first.
  • by me Location: whitesburg on Sep 9, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    this is not a place to make jokes, a man is dead.
  • by shirley Location: rockcastle on Sep 9, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    my heart goes out to the Jones family.
  • by Braxton on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:06 PM
    Sounds like a meth lab???

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