PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An investigation is underway in Pulaski County after skeletal remains were recovered early Sunday morning.
Officials with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office say they responded to a report of human remains being found in a remote wooded area off Elihu Cabin Hollow Road just before 10 a.m.
For now, officials say a positive identification has not yet been made, but based on evidence at the scene, investigators believe the remains may be that of John Beach, 34, of Somerset. Beach was reported missing in April of this year, not far from the area the remains were located, after he and his brother ran out of gas while driving along Elihu Cabin Hollow Road. Investigators say Beach and his brother began walking to find help and became separated.
A man living nearby spoke with WKYT Sunday night, giving us more details and saying he aided in the search for the missing man back in April along with another neighbor.
"We were out there to look, but it got so rough and the ticks were so bad and so grown up that we thought about it and came on out quick," said Robert Ramsey, who lives on Elihu Cabin Hollow Road.
Ramsey says he noticed several law enforcement vehicles parked at a neighbor's home on up the street from him. That's where we're told the remains were found by hunters. And it shocked him to hear that officials think the remains belong to Beach, considering the neighborhood already had their own theory about what happened to the man.
"It surprised me," said Ramsey. "Everybody in this holler thinks he just skipped country and left. So I don't know what happened or what killed him or anything. If he got killed or he just died."
Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division along with the Pulaski County Coroner's Office also responded to the scene and examined the area and recovered several human bones. Those bones will be sent to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for examination.
At one point in the investigation, the missing man's brother, Robert Beach, was a person of interest, being the last person with him along with his criminal past. But for now, officials say that foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is ongoing.