Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Death Investigation Rowan County
Date of News Release: 01/16/2014
(Morehead, KY) – On Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:21am, Kentucky State Police Morehead was contacted by Rowan County Department of Social Services advising that they had possible information involving the whereabouts of a deceased infant. A search warrant was obtained for the property belonging to Johnathan Prater and Edith Strange on Igo Road in Rowan County. KSP Detectives and the Rowan County Coroner responded to the scene. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located the remains of a premature infant. The remains have been transported to Frankfort by the Rowan County Coroner, and an autopsy is scheduled for next date. Mr. Prater and Mrs. Strange are currently lodged at the Rowan County Jail on previous abuse and neglect charges. At this time the incident remains under investigation by Detective Toby Gardner.