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Woman’s body found in ditch in Martin County, Kentucky

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 4:16 PM EST
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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A woman appears to have drowned in high water in Martin County, according to county Coroner Chris Todd.

Todd says the preliminary autopsy report indicates a possible drowning, but final results are pending.

He told WSAZ a passerby saw the victim’s body lying in a ditch along the 8-mile marker of Route 292 in Lovely. The discovery was made around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Kentucky State Police responded to the scene. Todd says the victim is 40-year-old April Brewer, who lived about a quarter of a mile from where her body was found.

Todd says he took Brewer’s body to Louisville for an autopsy.

According to Todd, Brewer was seen walking toward the rising water around 6 p.m. Monday, and there is no indication she was in danger before then.

Todd says you should never try to cross high water, as it doesn’t take much to sweep you away.

Brewer’s family tells WSAZ she was kind, funny, and loveable.

They say Brewer grew up in the area and understood the dangers of high water, and it doesn’t make sense to them that she could’ve been in a position to be swept away.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses. Brewer is survived by two children, a family member says.

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