Woman Says Body Found In Clay County Is Her Nephew

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

An Eastern Kentucky woman says she believes the victim found in a burned out truck is her nephew.

Police continue to investigate the case of a body found in a burned truck in Clay County. It was discovered along Route 66 early Saturday morning in the Red Bird Community and news quickly reached the family of the truck's owner.

Faye Knuckles says she and her family were devastated when they found out.

“A detective called his mom and I guess, they definitely identified it from numbers or whatever, ran the numbers and it was definitely his truck,” said Knuckles.

She says the burned out truck, discovered by a grandfather and grandson out hunting early Saturday morning belongs to her nephew, Daniel Collett.

“I automatically thought of foul play, automatically,” she said.

She says Collett recently visited his grandparents in Jackson County for Christmas and had talked of heading back home to the Roark community in Leslie County, close to where the truck was found.

“The last thing I know right up until Friday, maybe possibly late Thursday night, he was in communication with family and friends.”

She went on to say, “Well I haven't you know, I've not processed it all yet. I'm just worried about her, his mom, he's her only child.”

And she said he was a model son, who served in Iraq last year.

“Everybody looked up to Daniel. Everybody admired him and had great hopes for him.”

She wants anyone with any information to come forward.

If you have any information that may help in this case, contact Kentucky State Police.


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  • by Brooke Location: Hazard on Mar 12, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    Its been almost 3 months now since the tragedy. I still wondering what happen to Dainel? I had know Daniel for awhile before he went away to the marines and he was a wonderful, handsome boy. He always wanted to better his self and wanted so much in life. Some people are saying it was suicide, but deep down in my heart I dont think its ture. My thoughts and prayers still remain for his family and friends. Daniels memory will live on in my heart.
  • by Tonya Location: Hazard on Feb 25, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    What ever happened with this case? I've not heard anything. I've checked the news at least once a week and there is no information. Nothing really says that it was definitely him. I have known Daniel since highschool and he never seemed like the type of guy to get into any kind of trouble and I've even heard some ppl say that he committed suicide and I think that is just crazy. He was never the type to get down or depressed about anything. I just don't understand what happened with this story.... does anyone know anything?
  • by crystal Location: london ky on Jan 15, 2009 at 09:40 PM
    i watched daniel grow up.. my deepest sympathy goes out to his family, he was a wonderful, beautiful young man, hopefully this wont be a cold case like the lasttrajedy like this one has turned out to be, and they willget whats coming tothem..
  • by Anonymous Location: Hyden on Dec 31, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    I have known Daniel, for a long time and thought the world of him, i will miss him deeply and my prayers will be with the family. Daniel you'll always be in our heart's.
  • by chris Location: asher,ky on Dec 30, 2008 at 09:54 PM
    daniel u will be missed...u were a good basketball and baseball player, i enjoyed playing on the same team with you, may god bless you. RIP
  • by Brenda Location: hyden, KY on Dec 30, 2008 at 09:28 PM
    My deepest sympathy goes out to Daniel's family. Daniel was the sweetest person, and I can't believe that someone would do such a tragic thing to him. He will be forever missed and loved to no end. Some sick individual(s) may have taken his life but they will never get his spirit. I hope that the family can find some answers that can help them with closure, if there is such a thing.
  • by Jen Location: Hyden on Dec 30, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    I went to school with Daniel and he was always a sweet boy, would do anything in the world for you. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
  • by Anonymous Location: London, KY on Dec 30, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    He was such a wonderful person and such a joy to be around. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P
  • by Linda Location: Salt Lick on Dec 30, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    How awful a crime .. An only child taken away then if that is not bad enough a young man who fought for his country and comes home to the country he was fighting for to be killed here by the one he was fighting for God bless this family they have given the ultimate sacrifice...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    i pray for this family. i hope they get the answers they need and find closure.
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