KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The area surrounding Montgomery Creek Road in Knott County is mountainous and, according to residents, surrounded by strip mines.
Shane Everage has lived in a house on the road for more than 30 years. In that time, he said sometimes his family would notice some of their chicken go missing, but never more than a few.
“I mean we’ve heard of coyotes being around, wild hogs and etcetera but nothing like this,” said Everage.
Everage lives less than a mile away from the area where 13-year-old Corey Godsey was found dead Tuesday. Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident as a possible animal attack. Autopsy reports from state medical examiners confirmed the juvenile died from injuries consistent with an animal attack. It’s still unclear what type of animal might have been involved.
“As far as being scared, we’ve lived here all our lives,” said Everage. “I think it makes you look over your shoulder a little bit more like, ‘Is there something here that has went ballistic?’”
Everage said he’s shocked to think there may be an animal roaming near his home that could attack someone.
“One of us goes outside, my wife goes outside, I mean of course I’m watching because it happened three-quarters of a mile from here and we don’t want to see it happen again.”
Everage is waiting for updates from police regarding what may have attacked the teenager Tuesday. He said the victim’s family is on his mind.
“I can’t imagine what they’re going through. I’m so sorry for whatever happened and I hope they find some answers.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Family friends have set up a GoFundMe to help Corey Godsey’s family pay for the funeral. One of the fundraiser’s organizers told LEX 18 they’re hoping to “help ease the any stress” they can. Within the first 24 hours, the GoFundMe raised approximately $7,500.
There is also a Facebook group called “Benefit Auction for Corey Godsey” where donated items are being sold to raise money for the Godsey family.