Posted: Jan 16, 2013 5:28 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2013 5:51 PM
Police have launched a death investigation after Walter Coomer, 81, was found dead in a creekbed outside his home in Berea.
The mood at 1654 Paint Lick Road matches the grey, dreary skies. Police say family members who came to check on Coomer around 10:00 am found his body. He had no shoes on, and no one knows how long he was outside in the cold.
"It is possible, him not having shoes on, he may have been trying to get next door for a medical reason, and may not have had time to put his shoes on," says Trooper Paul Blanton with Kentucky State Police.
KSP detectives arrived around noon to take pictures and check things out. Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play, but the doors on the house were locked.
"We will pursue all leads, and if later on it looks like there was a forced entry, or there are items missing, we will pursue it," says Trooper Blanton.
"He was really good friends with my grandpa. Everytime I saw him I'd talk to him, and say 'hi.' He liked everybody," says Cody Taylor, a neighbor.
Another neighbor told LEX18 he knew something was strange when Coomer, affectionately known as "Ticky" to family and friends, didn't show up at McDonald's for breakfast this morning. It was a morning tradition he rarely missed.
"He'd go to McDonald's every morning. We'd see him at McDonald's and talk to him," says Taylor.
Coomer's grandson says he leaves behind two daughters and five grandchildren. Coomer's body has been taken to Frankfort for an autopsy to determine cause of death.