Man Found Dead Outside Lexington Business

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

An autopsy report released Monday sheds light onto what killed a Lexington man over the weekend.

Police say someone dropping off a car at the Sturgill Car Care Center, on Newtown Pike, found 41-year-old Ernest Mackto's body around 2 Sunday afternoon in the parking lot.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says Mackto, of Lexington, had a wound to the back of his head, and had likely been laying outside all night.

Initially, officials thought his death was a homicide, but now say otherwise.

An autopsy says a wound to the back of Matko's head came from a fight Saturday night, and had nothing to do with his death. Their preliminary autopsy findings indicate that hypothermia had something to do with his death. Toxicology reports are still pending.

The Red Cross is helping Mackto's son, who's serving in the military, return home for his father's funeral. Funeral arrangements are still pending.


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  • by Concerned on Nov 17, 2008 at 09:40 PM
    Ernie is survived by three children, two sisters, nieces, nephews and friends that are hurting. Please keep in mind they will probably be reading the comments left here.
  • by Ginny Location: lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    I justmet this man last week for the first time, he seemed very nice and ws excited about his new home, a trailor he has just bought. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I hope they find some peace in this difficult, tragic event.
  • by Brenda Location: Lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    I hope the Red Cross doesnt do the son the way my brother was done in 1966. "Yes we will get you home from Germany but you will pay us back." A heck of a choice for a 19 year old.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Nov 17, 2008 at 06:32 PM
    For your sake kmjml, I hope you have a rear view mirror.
  • by kmjml Location: ky on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    Apparently, this guy had a record a mile long. Eventually, everything you do catches up with you.
  • by sandra Location: lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:40 AM
    it is things like this that make me afraid to step outside of my own home. your not safe no matter where you go or where you are. my prayers are out to the family of this man and his son i hope he gets home safe. it makes me mad to think that one of our soldiers is over there fighting for his life to save us and his father dies in a country they are trying to pretect.

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