State Police hope digitally-enhanced photo can break cold case

Published: Jul. 28, 2016 at 3:41 PM EDT
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Using technology provided by the

, Kentucky State Police Post 6 recently obtained a digitally-enhanced photo of an unidentified murder victim.

On April 9, 1989, the body of a white male - approximately 20-30 years old, 6'4" tall, weighing approximately 220 pounds - was located in a tobacco barn in Grant County.

The man was shot in the head, his body was partially decomposed and both hands had been severed, police said. The investigation determined that the victim had been murdered elsewhere, but police do not know that location.

Lois Adams' late husband found the body of that man when he went to check on his tobacco inside the barn he rented on Taft Highway.

"He come in and he said, 'There's a dead man down there,'" Adams said. "And we said, 'What?' And of course he was just stunned."

Adams said they never had locks on their door until the day of that scary discovery, which remained unsolved when her husband died 10 years ago - and remains unsolved today.

"It bothered him quite a bit," Adams said. "And then, we not knowing what happened. And we still don't know what happened."

KSP Post 6 hopes the photo will help identify the victim and further the investigation of his murder.

"This is somebody's child. This is somebody's son. It could've been someone's father, husband or whatever," said TFC. David Jones. "Help identify the subject, help the family put this to rest and catch a murderer."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police, Post 6 at (859) 428-1212.