Trooper Dennis Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Woman Has Been Identified from Devil's Elbow Area Drowning
Date of News Release: 01/10/2005
(CANTON, KY.) - Detectives with the Kentucky State Police and the Trigg County Coroners Office have identified the female found in the Devil's Elbow area of Lake Barkley on October 6, 2004. The female has been identified as Esther Valdez Cruz, 41 of Elkton, KY. Boaters found the body of Cruz and a man on October 6, 2004 in Lake Barkley. The Medical Examiners Office ruled the death's were consistent with drowning. Detectives located a daughter in Easley, South Carolina by tracking a money transfer from Cruz to her daughter. A positive identification was made on Friday January 7, 2005. The man found with Cruz remains unidentified. The investigation is continuing by Detective Michelle Kent.