Autopsy results upset a Magoffin Co. family

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Autopsy results on a Magoffin County man have come back nearly a year after his body was found. The family of Jerry Rowe, Jr., says they are not happy with the results.

Rowe went missing in Magoffin County January of last year.

"It's constant torment every day of your life. He was a big part of our lives and every day that we go on we think about him," Rowe's father Jerry Rowe, Sr., said.

Nearly five months later, investigators found his body in the Licking River near the Lakeville bridge. It was a few miles away from where Rowe lived.

Rowe's body was sent to the medical examiner in Frankfort for an autopsy. When results were returned to the family, they were not happy.

"The autopsy came back it was positively identified, the remains were, but cause of death was undetermined," Magoffin County Coroner Mark Jenkins said.

"The death report came back undetermined and stuff, and we know better, and we don't believe that at all," Rowe said.

Officials say decomposition played a large role in not being able to determine Rowe's cause of death, but the family says this is unacceptable and they want answers.

"We just hope justice is done. We hope the people responsible pays for it," Rowe said.

They say they just want to know what happened.

"I just hope it would be quick. It's been over a year now, and we'd like to have some kind of closure with him," Rowe said.

Officials say even though the autopsy came back unclear, they are still investigating.

Rowe's family says if anyone has any tips on the case, they can submit them anonymously to P.O. Box 93, Royalton, KY 41464.

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