Updated 9 months ago by Josh Breslow
A Central Kentucky family waits for answers after a young mother was found dead Thursday on the side of a rural Fayette County Road. With the autopsy for 20-year-old Kyley Palmer pushed back until Saturday, those answers will take longer to get.
Palmer lived on and off in Jessamine County with her mother and her three children, ages 4 years old to just 6 months.
"She was a very special mommy and I liked her very much," Palmer's four-year-old son, Jase told LEX 18, while cradled in his grandmother's arms.
"She was truly a loving mother. She loved her children," said Palmer's own mother, Beni Parsons. "There's been a lot of emotion because we had a lot of hopes for Kyley."
Palmer's family said the 20-year-old was a talented singer and dancer. Her mother had not seen her daughter since last week. Palmer's body turned up Thursday afternoon along the side of Leeann Lane in Lexington.
"I don't think she had reason to be there. I believe someone else did," Parsons said.
Police have labeled the case a "death investigation." The cause of death is "undetermined" and how Palmer wound up on that rural road remains a mystery.
"The thought of her suffering, that's what bothers me," Parsons said. "I can't understand someone having no regard for human life."
Parson said she has her own guess as to what happened, but with no clear answers, she and the rest of her family are left to wait.
Palmer's funeral arrangements are still pending, though her family believes she will be buried in Berea.
Palmer's family has set up two funds to help with funeral costs. The first is at People's Bank in Berea. The other one is at Town Square Bank in Nicholasville. Both are called the "Kyley Palmer Memorial Fund."