KSP: 4th victim found dead inside Ohio Co. barn

Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 12:46 PM CDT
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OHIO CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Investigators are back on scene where three people were found shot dead near a burning barn in Ohio County.

The incident happened in the 5700 block of Highway 62.

On Thursday morning, troopers said a fourth victim was found badly burned inside the barn.

The Ohio County Coroner told 14 News on Thursday evening that three of the four people died from apparent gunshot wounds. He says their names are expected to be released through Kentucky State Police on Friday morning.

Community members say they are shocked by what happened.

“Everybody is talking about it,” Logan Sandefur said. “It’s kind of crazy. You don’t see much around here. Everything is usually pretty smooth, but something like that, it’s crazy.”

According to KSP officials, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office first called state troopers to assist just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

State troopers say it appears the three individuals, two males and one female, were shot.

KSP told 14 News that all three victims were found in close proximity to one another outside of a home.

Fire crews worked Thursday morning to cool down the barn so they could investigate, and that’s when the fourth body was discovered.

KSP Trooper Corey King says they are not actively looking for a shooter right now.

Trooper King told 14 News at this point, officials are trying to find any clues as to how this happened.

We are told a big question that remains for investigators is whether this case is a murder-suicide, or if this is a homicide investigation.

“We can look at that, yes indeed, that three were shot,” Trooper King said. “We can just by looking at it — it was very apparent to investigators that yes they were shot. So your plausible theories here would be is it a murder-suicide based on a family skuddle of some sort? Or was this a homicide outside of the family? And there is nothing that is pointing us in the direction that this is an outside person.”

He told 14 News the property is a farm that supplies chickens to Tyson Foods.

Trooper King says Tyson trucks were called in to come pick up the chickens.

We will update this story once more information is available.

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