TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Jessica Currin Homicide investigation in Graves County, KY
Date of News Release: 12/16/2005
(Mayfield, KY) - Kentucky State Police Investigators, the Graves County Commonwealth Attorney, and Graves County Coroner joined with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, Kentucky Medical Examiners Office and the Kentucky Bureau of Investigations in announcing a new phase in the Jessica Currin Homicide investigation. This phase began several weeks ago in an effort to bring those responsible for the murder of 18 year-old Jessica Currin to justice. Currin's burned body was found behind the Mayfield Middle School on August 1st, 2000. As of today, no one has been held responsible for Currin's death. In early 2003, Kentucky State Police took over as the lead investigative agency in this case.
With the cooperation of the Currin family, Jessica's body was exhumed on December 15, 2005. Her body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Lab in Madisonville for the purpose of a second autopsy. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Tracey Corey, Dr. De-De Schluckebier and State Anthropologist Dr. Emily Craig performed the autopsy. The purpose of this autopsy was to look for specific evidence on or about the body. It is also hoped that advances in forensic science will lead to the discovery of new evidence in the case.
The exhumation is by no means a "last step" in the Currin investigation. In fact, investigators continue to interview subjects and gather information weekly. We also encourage anyone in the community who has knowledge of the crime but did not feel comfortable or safe at the time of the crime to now come forward and talk to police.
We can also assure those involved that investigators will work this case daily and will not stop until someone is arrested. All of the agencies involved share the Currins' and the communities' frustration that this case has not yet been solved. We appreciate the family's courage, cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Sam Steger or Detective Sergeant Brent White at (270) 856-3721 or 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state).