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Remains of Missing Martin County Man Believed Found

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Investigators believe they found the remains of a Martin County man who had not been seen for six months.

Officials believe the skeletal remains found Monday in an old pump house are those of 58-year-old Sampson Moore.

Sheriff's Deputies say they were contacted about a man who had not been seen in months.

"She asked if we could keep an eye out on the roads and around for her uncle, check on him and see if he is okay." said Chief Deputy Bryan Tipton.

Deputies were told an area to look in, initially they did not find a home, but on Monday they saw an old water pump house tucked in the trees off of Rt. 2032 in the Pilgrim community.

"The deputy found the gentleman's vehicles parked outside, he continued to walk up on the property and when he got there used a flashlight to look into the building and saw skeletal remains." Said Martin County Coroner Joe Mullins

Officials say the remains had been in the old pump house for at least three months.

"There was a makeshift stove that looked like it had not been used in quite some time, a little kerosene heater, a lot of batteries piled up." said Mullins.

Coroner Mullins says family members told him Mr. Moore kept to himself.

Officials do not suspect foul play, the remains are in Frankfort for an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

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