Lewis County death under investigation

October 22, 2017
Deputy Matt Ross and Deputy Bryon Walker examine the scene where the body of a Lewis County man was discovered this morning. - Dennis Brown Photo

Deputy Matt Ross and Deputy Bryon Walker examine the scene where the body of a Lewis County man was discovered this morning. – Dennis Brown Photo

Authorities are investigating the death of a Lewis County man whose body was discovered Sunday morning.

Deputy Bryon Walker said the body of Jeffrey George Martin, 54, of Manley Hollow, Vanceburg, was discovered by a passing motorist who reported it to dispatchers about 9:00 a.m.

Walker said the location was near the intersection of Chalk Ridge Road (KY 3309) and Little Cabin Creek Road (KY 984).

Walker said Martin was pronounced dead at the scene by Lewis County Deputy Coroner George Smith at 10:37 a.m.

The cause of death remains under investigation but foul play is not suspected, Walker said.

Walker said family members reported Martin had not been seen for a couple of days and added it is unknown at this time how long his body may have been there before it was discovered.

Walker said it appears Martin fell from a bridge and his body was discovered in shallow water next to the bridge.

Martin’s body was taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Frankfort where a post-mortem examination will be conducted.

Walker was assisted at the scene by Smith, Deputy Matt Ross, Deputy Gary Erwin, Tollesboro Fire and Rescue, Portsmouth Ambulance, and Lewis County Emergency Management.

Arrangements for Jeffrey George Martin are pending at Gaydos Funeral Home in Vanceburg.

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