KINGS CREEK – The remains of a missing Letcher County man was discovered by a passing motorist on Dec. 1. He had been missing since Thanksgiving, family members said.
Charles Fields’s body was discovered by a passing motorist. The motorist noticed a red ATV in a field off KY 160 in the Kings Creek community of Letcher County. Upon noticing the body, the motorist contacted authorities.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 13 Master Trooper Adam Hall responded to the scene. Also responding to the scene were the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department, Letcher County Ambulance, Kings Creek Fire Department, and the Letcher County Coroner’s Office.
Police believed the body could have belonged to Fields, 35, of Kings Creek who had been missing since Nov. 22.
The clothes on the body matched the ones Fields was wearing when he was last seen by family members, police say. The make and model of the ATV were also similar to the ATV Fields was last seen operating.
Authorities contacted Field’s family, who were able to positively identify Field’s body. Fields was pronounced deceased by the Letcher County Coroner.
A preliminary investigation by KSP revealed Fields was driving his 1995 Honda Fourtrax 300 on KY 160 when the ATV drove off the right-hand side of the shoulder and overturned in a field.
Fields was ejected from the ATV. The ATV came to a rest several yards from his body.
An autopsy will be performed on Fields at the State Medical Examiner’s Office. KSP believe no foul play is suspected in his death.
The accident is under the investigation of Master Trooper Hall with KSP Post 13.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.