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Skeletal remains found in water pump house in Martin County

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - He has not been seen in Martin County for months but deputies now believe they found his skeletal remains in an old pump house.

Sheriff's deputies say the were contacted about a man who had not been seen in months. Chief Deputy Bryan Tipton says, "She asked if we could keep an eye out on the roads and around for her uncle, check on him and see if he is okay."

Deputies were told an area to look in, initially they did not find a home...but on Monday they saw an old water pump house tucked in the trees off of Rt. 2032 in the Pilgrim community.

Martin County Coroner Joe Mullins says, "The deputy found the gentleman's vehicles parked outside, he continued to walk up on the property and when he got there used a flashlight to look into the building and saw skeletal remains."

Officials say after investigating and contacting family members they believe the remains found are of 58-year-old Sampson Moore.

"He had not been seen for about six months by anyone so we are almost positive this is who this is." explains Mullins.

Officials say the remains had been in the old pump house for at least three months.

Mullins says, "There was a makeshift stove that looked like it had not been used in quite some time, a little kerosene heater, a lot of batteries piled up...he was maybe using those to get some light."

Coroner Mullins says family members told him Mr. Moore kept to himself, "I spoke with his sister, she informed me that he had become a loner in recent months, she offered him a place to stay with electricity, running water and everything. He refused that and he basically became a hermit."

Officials do not suspect foul play, the remains are in Frankfort for an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

Coroner Mullins asks anyone who may have seen or talked to, Sampson Moore, in the past few years to contact him at (606) 625-1094 or the Martin County Sheriff's Office at (606) 298-2828.

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