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Woman found dead in Knox County, Ky.

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Recently two women have gone missing in Knox County, one - Tammy Smith - returned home on her own. The other - Shannon Wombles missing since December 2018 - is still missing.


While no identification of the deceased woman has been made by KSP, family members of Wombles have been openly making the connection on social media.

We will defer to the KSP for the official word.





Death Investigation in Knox County

Barbourville, Ky. (February 18, 2019) On February 18, 2019 at 11:18 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from Knox County Dispatch requesting assistance on Ed Harp Lane in the Barbourville community of Knox County. KSP was notified that a deceased female had been located in a shallow creek at the end of Ed Harp Lane in a wooded area.


Preliminary investigation indicates the female had been deceased for several days due to the state of the body. Knox County Deputy Coroner pronounced the female decease at the scene. The body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.


At this time KSP can’t confirm the identity nor the cause of death. KSP is currently looking into any missing person cases in the area. Knox County Sheriff’s Dept. is currently working a missing person case involving a female however KSP can’t confirm until the female is identified.


The deceased body was located by an individual walking in the area.

Case is under investigation by Det. Justin Barton. Also assisted at the scene were Knox County Sheriff’s Dept. and Knox County Coroner’s Office.

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