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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