KSP: Firefighter-EMT Found Dead At Dump Site Was Murdered

Posted at 4:08 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 16:08:48-04

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police confirmed Monday that a firefighter found dead late last week in a Knox County dump site was murdered.

Investigators say the body of Michael Sowders was found down a hillside off Hinkle Branch Road in the Hinkle community. The body was discovered under a pile of garbage by a Forestry worker who was cleaning up the area with inmates and guards. 

Police confirmed that Sowders had been shot.

Residents tell LEX 18 that the area is a well-known illegal dump site. Sowders, of Barbourville, was a firefighter and EMS employee. 

Police have not named any suspects in the crime.