LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A body found near a dumpster on Cambridge Drive last week has been ruled as a homicide, according to the Fayette County Coroner.
The coroner's report says the cause of death is being withheld as the investigation is ongoing. The report says the body is believed to be a young male.
Officials were called to the parking lot on Cambridge Drive, not far from Alexandria Drive after 10:00 p.m. Thursday.
Cambridge Property Manager Barbie Durrum says a maintenance man was cleaning up around the property and found a large plastic-wrapped tarp. It was too heavy to lift so he left it by the dumpster.
"We have people who will dig in the trash and try to find stuff and they found a dead body that was wrapped up," said Durrum. "It's normally quiet here. There's never been anything like this. I'm dumbfounded by it."
According to the Fayette County Coroner, the body was in decomposing stages, meaning it could have been there for months.
The coroner tells LEX 18 that the body was wrapped in plastic with no ID. Additional bone fragments have been taken to Louisville for examination.
"This is a very complicated case," said Gary Ginn, Fayette County Coroner, "So what we will do is we will transport the human remains to Louisville, to our Chief Medical Examiner's office."
"It's very upsetting," said Durrum. "Makes you want to think; where did it come from? Did it come from one of these apartments? Did somebody that lives here know something about it?"
UPDATE: Fayette Co. Coroner Gary Ginn said the body was wrapped in plastic, and is in its decomposing stages. No ID or time of death as the investigation is ongoing@LEX18News pic.twitter.com/haOsfEISfn
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The coroner and police will scour calls of missing persons they've received over the last few months to see if there's a possible connection.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online, or through the P3 tips app.