The body of an as-yet unidentified male was found in a tool box floating in Spring Fork Creek, just west of the Short Creek community in Grayson County, on Tuesday evening, Aug. 2.
At around 5:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, a community member reported seeing a tool box (such as one that would be found in the bed of a truck) floating in the water, according to Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 4 Trooper Jeff Gregory.
Law enforcement, including the KSP and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene and discovered the body of an as-yet unidentified male inside the tool box, according to Gregory.
Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson pronounced the male dead just before 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Hudson said the individual had been deceased for some time, and the body was in a moderate state of decomposition such that the male was not able to be identified on the scene.
The body of the male was subsequently transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, Gregory said.
On Friday afternoon, Aug. 5, Hudson said preliminary autopsy results determined that the cause of the male’s death was “multimodal asphyxiation”—death caused by impairing a person’s normal breathing through more than one method.
As of press time on Friday, the male had yet to be identified.
The investigation is ongoing and being led by the Kentucky State Police.
The Grayson County News-Gazette will follow this story as it develops. For updates as they become available, visit www.gcnewsgazette.com or see upcoming editions of the newspaper.
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