Body found in river


Coroner’s office suspects no foul play; autopsy results pending

By TJ Caudill - tcaudill@civitasmedia.com



KENMONT—One man is dead after family members found him floating in the North Fork of the Kentucky River in the Kenmont community of Perry County on Tuesday night, and were unable to resuscitate him.

Tyson Campbell, 25, of Kenmont, was pulled from the river, according to Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeff Combs, who released the identity of the man early Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Marraccini, with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is handling the investigation, said that Campbell was weeding along the riverbank. Family members later became worried after he did not return for supper. Family members found Campbell 5 feet from shore, floating face up in 2 feet deep water around 8 p.m.

Combs said that the coroner’s office did not believe Campbell had drowned. Family members told Combs that Campbell had complained of having chest pains a few days before he fell into the river. They also told Combs that Campbell had not been concerned with his chest pains.

Combs said that family members performed CPR on Campbell until Perry County EMS arrived and took him by ambulance to Hazard ARH where he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Combs said that the coroner’s office did not have an initial cause of death yet, and are currently awaiting further test results to make that determination. Campbell’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy. Preliminary autopsy results will take two weeks and final autopsy will take three weeks for the results to come back.

TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Amelia Holliday also contributed to this story.

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Coroner’s office suspects no foul play; autopsy results pending

By TJ Caudill

tcaudill@civitasmedia.com

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