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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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