Coroner: Body found in Franklin County's Benson Creek has been identified

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Dec 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-13 10:10:56-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Franklin County Coroner's Office identified the individual recovered from Benson Creek Sunday as William Amey Jr., 62, of Frankfort.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning. From preliminary post-mortem examination at the scene, it appears the death is the result from flash flooding.

The official final cause and manner of death are still under investigation.

Officials learned that Amey left his home at approximately 4:15 am Saturday, December 11 for work.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday, a farmer found a truck in the risen creek and reported it to officials. Due to the recent storms, the area was a flash flood risk.

Officials responded and arrived on scene. After water levels receded, officials were safely able to reach the vehicle and discovered that no one was in this vehicle around 11:40 a.m. Saturday.

Search efforts continued into the afternoon and the following day at Red Bridge until a body was found in Benson Creek around 10:30 Sunday morning. Amey was pronounced dead on scene.

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The body was found three miles down the creek from where the truck was found near Red Bridge.

From 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, the area recorded the heaviest line of storms with severe flash flooding.