Decomposed Body Found In Rural Laurel County

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A mystery in Laurel County, after a gruesome discovery was made Monday.

Someone found a decomposed body in a wooded area near the Lily community.

Police, forensic teams, and the medical examiner were at the scene to investigate Monday night.

Officials say the badly decomposed body was found inside a barrel, just off U.S. 25.

At this point, they don't know if the body belonged to a male or female.
Officials also found several shotgun shell casings and bullets in the area.

The medical examiner says some of the bone fragments found are big enough to test for DNA, to determine whose body it is.

Associated Press Story
Human bones found, body believed incinerated in barrel

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A coroner says a number of bone fragments found in a metal barrel in the Lilly community of southern Kentucky were human.

And Kentucky Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Emily Craig said a body had been incinerated in the barrel.

Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling says a man and his daughter were hiking in the area yesterday and became curious about the fragments and contacted the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

Bowling says he and Craig couldn't tell if the fragments were male or female, or what the manner of death was. Craig says there were multiple small bone fragments that were in such poor condition it may be difficult to determine if they belonged to a man or woman.

Craig says a body was incinerated in the barrel and the barrel contained multiple bullets.

She said the barrel was also full of bullet holes and believes someone may have been preparing to sink the barrel in water.

Officers found a burned pickup truck within about 40 feet of the barrel and it was being processed by authorities.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by BARNES Location: savannah,tn on Feb 8, 2009 at 03:59 AM
    My father has been missing since around 1987.He was a biker.It was rumored that the body was somewhere in KY.I was just wondering how old this body was.His name was Charles Barnes.
  • by d Location: london on Jul 9, 2007 at 12:19 AM
    I HAD SOMEONE CONFESS TO ME ABOUT THIS MURDER AND ANOTHER AND IT WAS EYE WITNESS, I EVEN CALLED POLICE AND TOLD THEM I KNEW SOMEONE WAS SUPPOSE TO CONTACT ME ABOUT IT AND IT NEVER HAPPENED, NOW I WONDER IF THEY DO TURN A BLIND EYE TO THIS, THE PERSON IN BARREL WAS A MALE, AND HE WAS BEAT TO DEATH, HE WAS ALSO SUPPOSE TO BE A RAT" WORKING FOR THE FEDS
  • by vaughn Location: east bernstadt on Jul 4, 2007 at 08:29 PM
    I hear that terry turner has never been found, and if so, where is he today?
  • by ash Location: pittsburgh on Jun 29, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    Nancy, Terry Turner turned up in Florida.
  • by lisa Location: laurel county on Jun 28, 2007 at 02:09 PM
    to marsha in williamsburg..of course we care about the person and the family ..that was never in question .if you lived here you would understand our comments alot better . of course we thought of what they must of went through and the pain that family is going to feel once it is brought to light who it is ...dont be silly woman OF COURSE WE CARE !!!
  • by marsha Location: williamsburg on Jun 28, 2007 at 06:11 AM
    Why is everyone being so defensive of their county, there is crime everywhere. I mean this is a dead person who no one knows who it is yet. It is cruel to not even think of this person. What if it were your family member? Please stop arguing about all the crime and think about the torture this person has probably been through and been there for who knows how long. What if that were you? Wouldn't you want people to care? I feel sorry for the family of this person. GOD BLESS THEM!
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 27, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Per capita.
  • by tori Location: london on Jun 27, 2007 at 08:10 AM
    Okay guys, let's don't tear at London too much. There's seems to be an awful lot of shooting and robbing going on in Lexington...which isn't very far away. Could it be that we hear about so much in London because not much happens here, so when it does we are so surprised that we put it on the news? Or is it that Lexington and other cities are significantly bigger and, therefore, their crimes seem less significant and we just don't pay attention anymore? The truth of the matter is that everywhere has crime and drugs and it's a terrible thing. Why do we have to argue about who's city is the worst? Who cares? Perhaps we should be worried about the reasons why it has gotten worse!
  • by whitebass Location: richmond on Jun 27, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    Just ask any State Trooper About the Meth Problem in the area. The County is also known for it's large number of Auto chop shops.
  • by SR Location: Frankfort on Jun 27, 2007 at 07:05 AM
    Drugs- drugs- The whole town is falling apart- and it's a bible belt??
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