Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

June 29, 2013

Woman's body found behind Hobby Lobby

BY CARRIE STAMBAUGH
The Independent

RUSSELL — Officials are releasing few details about the discovery Saturday afternoon of a woman’s body in Russell, including if it is linked to the reported disappearance Wednesday of a local woman.

Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright confirmed only that a female body was found Saturday afternoon in Russell. He said the body was immediately taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy to be performed Sunday.

He said the identity of the body is not known and will be released after the family is notified. Wright declined to release any additional details, including where the body was found or by whom, citing an ongoing police investigation.

“I don’t want to say anything that might jeopardize the investigation,” said Wright.

The body was reported to be found by a couple in a grassy area along the creek behind Hobby Lobby at 433 Diederich Boulevard. Police and first responders had a heavy presence in the area Saturday, which continued to be taped off to the public on Saturday night. Wright would not confirm those reports.

He would also not confirm or deny if foul play was suspected or if the body was linked to the disappearance of 40-year-old Russell resident Mary Dixon. He deferred questions to Russell Police Department Investigator Adam Davis, who could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Russell PD issued a press release Friday night asking the public to be on the lookout for Dixon, who they believed to be in danger.

Dixon was last seen Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. at the Subway restaurant along Diederich Boulevard. Police said Dixon had no cell or credit card activity since her disappearance. Her vehicle was still on the Subway parking lot.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or by email at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com