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New Information On Human Remains Found In Kentucky River

Posted at 4:04 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 18:18:46-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– During a training exercise in October 2016, Lexington firefighters found human bones inside a car at the bottom of the Kentucky River.

The car was near the Clays Ferry Bridge. Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said that it appeared the vehicle had been submerged for decades. Three independent car experts verified his best guess. They determined that the vehicle was a light blue 1960’s Ford Fairlane.

Ginn said that the right femur was consistent with a female. He has an idea that the remains could belong to an out-of-state person but says that is as far as he’ll elaborate.

He said that previous DNA tests have not found any matches, but Ginn hopes that a private laboratory with advanced DNA techniques can go deep enough to match the specimens to the person’s distant relatives.

“I’d ask it be specifically tested between the person we think it is, the DNA we have on sample, and the DNA from Namus from our bone structures that we found, and hopefully we’d come up with a match,” said Ginn.

He believes that science can and will put a name to this mystery.

“My hopes are, I’d like to see this family or any family that has a loved one that has been missing for them to know the final story,” he said.

Ginn is still researching private labs who can do that testing.