Woman found dead outside her Breathitt County home

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - Police are investigating the death of a Breathitt County woman whose body was found outside her Jackson home Sunday.

Details are few and far between, but the Breathitt County coroner has identified the woman as 57-year-old Charlotte Neace Barnett. Police have not determined a cause of death, but it is believed Barnett had been missing for some time.

The Breathitt County Coroner says the body of 57-year-old Charlotte Neace Barnett was found Sunday.

"Approximately 3:45, I got a call from K.S.P. that we had, they found the lady laying over an embankment," said coroner George Griffith.

Barnett's body was found Sunday afternoon behind her residence off of Elk Ridge Road in Jackson. Police are not sure what caused Barnett's death, but they say foul play is not suspected.

"There was nothing at the scene that would indicate any foul play was involved," said Detective Gary Sandlin with the Kentucky State Police, "but we did send the victim, the body to Frankfort for an autopsy."

Neighbors we talked to say Barnett had just moved into the house. Officials say no one had contacted Barnett in more than a week.

"The last time that anybody that talked to her that I, that we really know of was last Saturday, but we don't really know how long she'd been missing," said Griffith.

Barnett's family denied our request for an interview. Investigators are asking anyone with information about Barnett's death to call state police.

The coroner said he was expecting to hear preliminary findings from the state medical examiner soon, but a full report may take three to four weeks.


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