Missing Letcher County Man Found Deceased
KSP Investigating Fatal ATV Crash
Date of News Release: 12/1/2016
Kings Creek, KY (December 1, 2016) - The body of a man reported missing last month was discovered this morning in Letcher County. A passing motorist observed what appeared to be a red ATV in a field off of KY 160, in the Kings Creek community of Letcher County. The motorist discovered the apparent remains of a white male while walking over to investigate the ATV. Kentucky State Police Post 13 received a 911 call regarding the body at around 9:16 a.m. Master Trooper Adam Hall responded to the scene, along with members of Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, Letcher County Ambulance, Kings Creek Fire Department, and the Letcher County Coroner’s office.
The body and ATV were located at the scene by first responders when they arrived. After viewing the body and vehicle, investigators suspected that the deceased could be 35 year old Charles Fields of Kings Creek. Family members had reported Charles Fields missing on Thanksgiving Day of this year, after not having contact with him since November 22. The make and model of the ATV, and clothing on the body matched those given of Fields when he was last seen. Charles Fields body was positively identified by family at the scene, and he was pronounced deceased by Letcher County Coroner Perry Fowler. The preliminary investigation determined that Fields was operating the 1995 Honda Fourtrax 300 on KY 160 when the ATV went off the right shoulder of the roadway, where it overturned in a field. Charles Fields was ejected from the ATV, which came to rest several yards from his body.
The remains of Charles Fields will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy. At this time, foul play is not suspected in his death. This incident is being investigated by MTpr. Adam Hall with KSP Post 13.