Missing Man Is Found Dead

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A missing Floyd County man is found dead in a creek.

State police say 26-year-old Jason Tackett was reported missing Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, his uncle found his body in the water across the street from Tackett's home, off of highway 979 in Teaberry.

State police do not know how he died yet.

They do not suspect foul play, but they are not ruling it out.

Tackett's family says they last saw him alive on Monday and now the family wants to know what happened.

Family members say they just celebrated Jason Tackett's 26th birthday Monday night, but now they are mourning his death.

“I love him. I'm going to miss him with everything in my heart,” Sabrina said.

Tackett's sister says his birthday was the last time she saw him alive.

She says no one could find him on Tuesday, so they reported him missing and State Police started searching.

The search ended Wednesday morning when Tackett's uncle found his body in a creek behind the Teaberry Post Office, just across the street from Tackett's home.

“This is the worst way for a missing person's case to end,” Trooper Mike Goble said.

Now the missing person investigation is a death investigation.

Police do not know how Tackett died yet, and are waiting for the state medical examiner to find the cause of death to determine if foul play is involved.

The family wants to know what happened, and says the waiting is really hard and they are pleading for answers.

Tackett leaves behind a five year old son.

The family says through him, Tackett's memory will live on.

Investigators say it will be a couple of days before the autopsy is complete and they know a cause of death.

Detectives are interviewing several people trying to piece together Tackett's last days.


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  • by JENNY & PAUL Location: MELVIN on Mar 9, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    YESTERDAY WAS A VERY HARD DAY FOR US ALL. I CONTINUE TO PRAY EACH & EVERYDAY THAT GOD WILL EASE OUR PAIN FOR I KNOW HE WILL IN TIME... JASON WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A BRIGHT YOUNG MAN WITH A SMILE FOR EVERYONE .. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.. WE LOVE YOU JASON SO VERY MUCH... & ONCE AGAIN THANKS EVERYONE... AND GOD BLESS
  • by Amie Tackett Location: KY on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    Jason, bubby what do I say I miss you God do i miss you, I know when i moved away in 2001 you would always make sure to come and see me when I came in and to see Kyra to call her "lil Amie". Bubby I hope you didnt suffer and no I love you so much and i am so sorry I have not been there for you in the past years. Remember when we were kids and you and Jessie and Matt, n Travis would tell me there was a crow gonna come through the window and steal me off the top bunk or when we built our fort. You mean so much to me and I can't begin to describe the pain and hurt we all are feeling over your loss, You always said the good die young and you have proven that You may have been a first cousin but you were my brother.Sabrina Your son is absolutely you made over and I know you may not be here physically, bt u are through him and u r forever in our hearts. I love You so much and I hope your looking down knowing that and if neone hurt you justice will be served.. I love you Bubby and I miss u...
  • by amber Location: slone on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    i just wanted to say jason you will be missed by many and to the family i dont know what your going through but i wish you the best and i am sorry to hear about your loss
  • by Maranda Location: McDowell on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. Jason was a great guy and Sabrina used to be a close friend of mine. Even though we drifted apart through the years, I have always thought of them as friends. Jason will be greatly missed by so many people. I will definitely keep his 5 year old son in all my prayers. This is going to be the hardest on him. May God be with you and help you all as you go through the pain and grieving.
  • by stephanie Location: harlan ky on Mar 5, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    my heart goes out to this family, may god be with you all during your time of pain.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    May comfort be brought to this family. RIP Jason.
  • by Shelly on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    My heart goes out to this family. I have known them for years. Jason was a sweet boy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them.
  • by STACY Location: ANONYMOUS on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    I am so sorry for this familys loss i have known this family my whole life i hope they get through this it will get easier but never better i know i have been through this to the tackett family you are in my prayers with love,stacy
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 03:33 AM
    Thoughts & Prayers to family & friends
  • by JENNY & PAUL Location: MELVIN on Mar 5, 2009 at 02:07 AM
    JASON WAS ALWAYS A LOVING CHILD. I CAN REMEMBER HIM COMING TO MY HOUSE AS A CHILD PLAYING WITH MY BOYS. THAT IS ONE OF MANY MEMORIES WE HAVE OF HIM.. TODAY'S EVENTS THAT WE EXPERINCED WHEN WE FOUND HIM IS ONE THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET I PRAY THAT NOONE EVER HAS TO GO THROUGH THIS.. I PRAY THAT GOD WILL SEE US ALL THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME... R.I.P JASON WE LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH... AND THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS... GOD BLESS
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