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Missing Man from Suwanee, KY Found Deceased

Date of News Release: 10/23/2005

(Mayfield, KY) - On October 14th, 2005, the Kentucky State Police (Post 1 - Mayfield) received a missing persons complaint from family members of Robert Puryear (46) of Suwanee, KY. Puryear was last seen on October 11th, 2005, and family became concerned when he did not report to work and had not been seen by family and friends.

On October 22nd, 2005, law enforcement officers with the U.S. Forest Service located Puryear's pick-up truck in a remote area, in the Lyon County portion of the Land Between the Lakes (LBL). A search for Puryear, by the U.S. Forest Service, Kentucky State Police, and Lyon County Rescue Squad, extended into the evening hours, but did not yield the whereabouts of Puryear.

In the morning hours of October 23rd, 2005, Kentucky State Police Canine Trooper Mike Turnbow, and Mrs. Beth Inman, Canine Investigator with the McCracken County Coroner's Office, along with the assistance of their respective canines, located the remains of Robert Puryear, in the LBL. Lyon County Coroner Ronnie Patton pronounced Mr. Puryear dead at the scene.

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