A Kentucky State Police trooper was found dead in his eastern Kentucky home Monday afternoon, but no foul play is suspected, authorities said.
Detective Stewart "Joey" Howard, 45, was found unresponsive in his home in the Regina community of Pike County at 1:55 p.m. EST Monday, KSP said in statement. Pike County Coroner Russell Roberts pronounced Howard dead at the scene.
"The Kentucky State Police mourns the loss of one of its family members," said KSP Commissioner Jack Adams. "Detective Howard was a tremendous asset to Post 9 in Pikeville. Our sympathy goes out to
Detective Howard's family and I ask that you also keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Howard was a 16-year veteran of the KSP, serving his entire state police career at the Pikeville post.
The cause of death is being investigated, KSP spokesman Lt. Phil Crumpton said. He also said he did not know if Howard had any health problems.
"They know it's not a suicide," Crumpton said. "The cause of death is still being determined."
Howard was not married, but had family in the area.
Howard was the second trooper from the Pikeville post to die in less than a week. Trooper Jonathan K. Leonard, 28, died Dec. 19 in a car crash in Pike County. He had worked at the Pikeville post for three years.