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Jan 9, 2014 12:34 PM

Police: Financial Crime Investigation Led To Finding Body In Storage Unit

Police have confirmed that officials from the Social Security Administration Office were at the scene Wednesday night where a body was found inside a storage unit, looking into allegations of a financial crime.

They asked Lexington Police to come with them to serve a search warrant at Econo Self Storage on James Court near the intersection of New Circle and Winchester Roads Wednesday night.

Police confirmed they are working with federal investigators as well, but did not give any other details.

Police know who the person is who rented the storage unit and interviews are expected to follow in the wake of these new developments.

The medical examiner hasn't positively ID'd the remains, but they do say, based on their investigation, they have a pretty good idea of who it is. They say the remains are those of an adult, white male. No cause of death was determined during an autopsy Thursday.

Lexington Police discovered the body after acting on a tip from unnamed federal investigators, they said.

"We've got a lot of processing that we have to do before we can really determine a lot of different things," said Fayette County Coroner, Gary Ginn, who as called to the scene shortly after 5pm Wednesday.

"I really do not want to disturb a whole lot that is there in order to preserve as much evidence as I possibly can," said Ginn.

The coroner says he's contacted a local forensic pathologist, but didn't say why. He also says he may return to the scene to gather more information.

"We do believe these are human remains and this is a storage unit so obviously as long as we are able to identify these are human remains then we do believe someone has concealed someone else's death," said Ginn.

Police say they have no one in custody. An autopsy is planned for Thursday in Frankfort.


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