STINNETT, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say vandals and drug users have ransacked a Leslie County home that belongs to someone currently living in Laurel County.
Homeowners say it used to be a $40,000 home but after all the damage, it is now worthless.
Jeff Morgan and his mother Molly currently live in London, but were residents of Stinnett in Leslie County for 37 years. They even had plans to move back in to their old home.
“We thought well we can just rewire it, re-plumb it, re-sheet rock it, put a new heat pump in it, and go back, not now,” said Jeff.
Yet, after seeing the shocking remnants of their home nearly a week ago, they are now making new plans.
“It's just awful; every piece of metal they could sell had been taken,” said Jeff.
The Morgans say people have even broken out all the windows in order to sell the aluminum framing, which has allowed the weather to take its toll inside the home also.
They say the deterioration of the house began when its most recent resident stole the copper wiring from the walls, and has led to this final rash of vandalism that even left a used meth lab inside.
But Jeff says they've taken much more than a house, “It will never be replaced if they had to fix it. It still wouldn't be the same place."
He has given up on Leslie County along with his childhood home saying, “I just don't think I could live there again after what's happened.”
Deputies with the Leslie county sheriff's office are investigating the vandalism and drug problem in the area.