UPDATE: Coroner believes cold weather played role in death of Ky. man

Published: Dec. 28, 2017 at 2:26 PM EST
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UPDATE 12/28/17 @ 10 p.m.

A man was found dead Thursday morning in Greenup County in a camper that had no heat or electric.

The coroner says the 54-year-old's death appears to be related to the cold weather.

Patty Boggs lives down from the camper on state Route 784 in South Shore. She says the elderly father of the man who died knocked on her door about 9 a.m. asking for help.

"He thought his son had froze to death," Boggs said.

The father told Boggs they'd been staying in the camper, and Thursday morning his son was unresponsive.

Patty's son and his girlfriend, Roxanne Bowling, who's a nurses assistant, went to the camper to check on him, but it was too late.

"There were cracks in the window," Bowling said. "The door didn't shut very much."

Bowling says the man was lying on the floor in the fetal position with a blanket over him.

"He had no pulse," Bowling said. "It's just very tragic."

Bowling says she'd seen the two men feeding horses on that property, but she didn't know they'd been sleeping there.

"This is so sad," she said. "The dad said they had nowhere else to go, so somebody let them stay there. It makes you feel guilty not stopping and doing something, but you didn't even know they were there."

As temperatures continue to dip down, they're hoping no one else has to suffer the same fate.

"If you have any family or friends that don't have heat, go check on them," Bowling said.

The father of the man who died told the neighbors they'd been using a kerosene heater but had run out of fuel.

The man's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.


Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright tells WSAZ a man's death Thursday appears to be related to cold temperatures.

Wright says the man, who is 54, died overnight and had no heat or electric in the camper he was found in.

The coroner believes there were other underlying health issues, but he does believe cold played a role in the man's death.

The man's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

The man's name has not been released pending the notification of relatives.

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