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Body moved from crime scene

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

LETCHER COUNTY, ky. (WYMT) - A death investigation out of Letcher County was presented before the Grand Jury Thrusday, October 18th.

Police say 50 yr. old Patsy Cook died of an overdose, but believe that her body was moved before police were called.

It is a death that police say happened under suspicious circumstances.

“It's just a really bad situation, a bad situation for this little girl to have her mother treated like that,” said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb.

In July Police responded to Ran Day Hollow for the death of Patsy Cook but later found out it was not where she died.

“The daughter had told one of the family members that her mother hadn't passed away in Cowan but in Colson; and that these guys had moved her body from that house to another house,” said Webb.

Jimmy Dean Branson was arrested for moving Cook's body to her sister's home.

Police say that Cook’s body was found at Branson's home around 10:00a.m., but 911 wasn't called until 1:30p.m., giving Branson and others with him nearly 3 hours to move her body.

Relatives say they can not imagine why it was done.

“When you hear of stuff like this it makes you wonder how anybody could be, I want to say, so Coldhearted, said relative Deana Sturgill.

The case was presented to the Grand Jury today in Whitesburg.

Branson is being held on house arrest while they wait for possible indictments to be returned.

Police say they expect others to be charged in the case.

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