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Investigation continues into death of Sheriff Kevin Corman; interim sheriff appointed

Police say no foul play is suspected.
The investigation into the death of Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman is ongoing.
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 11:36 AM EDT
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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - The investigation into the death of Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman is ongoing.

Corman was found in his home Sunday afternoon by a family member.

Kentucky State Police says, based on the initial investigation, they do not suspect foul play in this case adding that Corman’s death came from natural causes. He was 64.

Various law enforcement agencies and public figures have sent out their prayers for Corman’s family via social media, including Governor Andy Beshear:

Trooper Hall also expressed his sympathies Sunday when addressing the media.

“Our thoughts just go out with the sheriff’s office and the family. Every time there’s a death, it’s tragic for everyone,” Hall said.

Jerry Wagner with the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association says he’s known Corman for 35 years. He says Corman was a board member, served as President of the KSA and dedicated time to their Boys and Girls Ranch which helps redirect children’s lives.

“Sheriff Corman was a true people person. Whatever he could do, wherever he was, to help people, that’s what Sheriff Corman was going to do,” Wagner said.

Wagner described Corman as someone who never met a stranger.

“If you were a stranger in a room with him he was gonna seek you out introduce himself to you and find out about you,” said Wagner.

Wagner says he and Corman talked over the phone just last week. He says they discussed how much he cared for his people in Jessamine County, but also how he was looking forward to moving on from his role and spending time with family.

“His wife Tammy, she was joining in and chime in and we were speaking. It was about moving forward with family. But, Sheriff Corman had two families. He had his family and he had our law-enforcement family,” said Wagner. “He’s a big part of what we’ve done for the last 25-30 years and we’re truly going to miss him as our family member.”

Lt. Anthony Purcell tells us he has been appointed as interim sheriff by Judge-Executive David West. The sheriff’s office says there will be no special election since less than two years left in Corman’s term.

An autopsy for Corman was completed Monday in Frankfort. State police say they are still reporting his death as by natural causes.

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