Grandfather, Grandson Find Burned Body

A grandfather and grandson's gruesome discovery has police in Eastern Kentucky scrambling for answers.

Authorities want to know how a body ended up inside a burned out vehicle in Clay County. The charred remains were found near the Beverly community off Route 66.

The body was found by a Clay County man who says he noticed the burned out truck on Friday but did not think much of it at the time. He and his grandson were out scouting for deer and elk Saturday morning.

“They came upon a vehicle and thought that there was a deceased human inside. They then notified state police and our crime scene unit arrived shortly thereafter,” said Detective Mike Bowling with Kentucky State Police.

“I told him I'd seen the truck the day before and when we got up to the truck, he looked in and said papaw, there's a dead body in there,” said Taylor Roark.

Police say they are still working to identify the remains. A forensic team from Frankfort is being called in to help.


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  • by Close Friend Location: Clay County on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    Friday will make 5 weeks since this happened. The body still hasn't been released. Daniel had been a Marine in Iraq when he was injured. His injuries were severe enough that he was discharged will full disability. It's a shame that someone who risked his life for us and our country had to come home to face a death in this manner. Please keep Daniel and his family and friends in your prayers and hope that justice is served and that they allow us to send Daniel home soon. Please don't let the police forget about this as they sometimes do. I have also heard that a memorial fund has been set up at a bank in Pineville for anyone who would like to make a donation. Daniel had no life insurance.
  • by James Location: Marion ky on Jan 3, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    Daniel was a good guy and he will be missed.I hope they ketch whoever did this.
  • by Nicole Location: Bledsoe KY on Dec 29, 2008 at 03:36 PM
    Daniel was a sweet guy he would never hurt anyone I know him personaly, who would do something like that hope they get who ever did this to you daniel and make them sufer like you had to. We will miss you Daniel I love you so so much!!
  • by Nichole Location: Bledsoe KY on Dec 29, 2008 at 03:32 PM
    Daneil was a sweet guy who never hurt anyone, Can't believe someone would do something like this deff to one of our troops... We love you Daniel :(
  • by citizen on Dec 29, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    He was a marine but he got injured in iraq and got an honorable discharge in 2007. He now worked in the coal mines. You will be forever missed Daniel..
  • by chase on Dec 29, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    i've heard this was a marine home for christmas, please update this story ..

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