COLUMBIA, KY (WKYT) - The campus stays pretty quiet in the summer at Lindsey Wilson College, with just a number of students staying for summer classes. But a body found in a pickup on campus, that's enough to get everyone talking.
"I just hear his name around and sometimes I've seen his truck, but I really don't know him personally," Junior Eric Shaw said of the unnamed student.
Tuesday students staying at the Grider Apartments on campus reported a strong odor in the air, so a worker for Lindsey Wilson College found the body around 11:25 am.
"It was a terrible smell. We thought it was a dead animal, a dead rat, or something. It kept getting worse, though," described Shaw.
"I didn't know what I was smelling but it was probably the worst smell that I've ever smelled," added Junior Robbie Jones.
The smell was traced to a black Dodge truck with tinted windows that was parked near the apartments. In the back seat was a man who the Adair County Coroner says was likely a commuter student.
"He was living inside his truck," said Shaw, "Nobody else is here, this is where everybody is at."
"I've seen that truck all week, I just never thought there was a dead body in there," reacted Jones.
Shaw added that he was heartbroken to learn the smell was coming from a dead person. Meanwhile, the coroner said the body was likely there for roughly five days, and it was too decomposed to determine the cause of death.
Jones said, "I didn't start smelling nothing until last week. I started smelling stuff and that's when I got curious. It's a small school everybody is shocked."
"We never noticed to look in the truck to see," said Shaw.
While not much is known about the student, or what lead to his death, the coroner did say the truck had Iraq War Veteran plates from Russell County. The Columbia Police will continue the investigation and everyone hopes to learn more after the autopsy is completed by the State Medical Examiner in Louisville. The Adair County Coroner hopes to have a cause of death by Wednesday afternoon.