Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Wolfe County Death Investigation
Date of News Release: 12/03/2010
(Morehead, Ky.) -- On December 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm, Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Wolfe County Emergency Operations Coordinator of a hiker that was found unresponsive. Search and Rescue located John W. Pacey, of Waynesville OH, unresponsive around the Chimney Top Road area of the Red River Gorge in Wolfe County. Mr. Pacey was walking on a narrow trail with friends and lost his balance and fell approximately 150 feet over an embankment. Detective Virgil Rucker and Sergeant Jim Bowling responded to the scene. Wolfe County Deputy Coroner Gary Sparks pronounced Mr. Pacey deceased at the scene. The death remains under investigation by Detective Virgil Rucker.