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News Release

Update: Human Remains Identified

Date of News Release: 04/18/2013

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The human skeletal remains located on October 14, 2012 near Clifty Creek at Grayson Lake have been positively identified as Nathan R. Barker, DOB 05-24-1991. A missing person's investigation began into Mr. Barker's disappearance on July 12, 2011 investigated by the Carter County Sheriff's Department after his vehicle was found wrecked and abandoned at KY 7 and KY 986. The Kentucky State Police assumed the investigation upon discovery of the remains and investigation has revealed Mr. Barker's death was the result of an accidental fall from a cliff. Throughout the investigation, a substantial amount of evidence was discovered confirming Mr. Barker's death as accidental in nature. Among other things, the evidence consists of cell phone records, autopsy findings, and scene examination. During the examination of the scene, Mr. Barker's cell phone was located. After technicians repaired the phone, it was discovered that Mr. Barker had attempted to send several text messages describing his vehicle accident and him walking in a wooded area near the accident scene in an attempt to find help. Mr. Barker indicated in the text messages his location and his unfamiliarity with the wooded area. This wooded area was the location Mr. Barker's remains were located. Autopsy findings confirm Mr. Barker's injuries were indicative of a fall from a cliff. Further findings from the autopsy state there was no evidence of foul play in Mr. Barker's death. The Kentucky State Police determined there were no connection with Mr. Barker's death and any other criminal investigation. Detective Ben Cramer is the investigating officer.

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Update: Human Remains Identified

Date of News Release: 10/17/2012

(Ashland, KY)-- On Wednesday October 17, 2012 The Kentucky State Police in Ashland received confirmatory identification for the human remains located at Grayson Lake. Based upon the initial results from the medical examiner's office and evidence recovered the remains have been identified as Nathan Barker, age 21, of Olive Hill, KY.

At this time the cause and manner of death are currently still pending.

Positive Identification is also pending completion of DNA testing.

The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released as they become available

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Update: Human Skeletal Remains Located

Date of News Release: 10/16/2012

(Ashland, KY)-- During a search of the scene a wallet was located which contained identification and additional credentials. At this time positive identification has not been made and is pending further examination by the Kentucky Medical Examiners Office. Additional details will be released as they become available.

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Human Skeletal Remains Located

Date of News Release: 10/15/2012

(Ashland, KY)-- On Sunday October 14, 2012 The Kentucky State Police in Ashland received a complaint that human skeletal remains had been located in a secluded area of Grayson Lake near Clifty Creek. At this time positive identification has not been made and is pending further examination by the Kentucky Medical Examiners Office.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Carter County Sheriff's Office, Grayson Volunteer Fire Department and Carter County Coroner's Office also responded and assisted.

Detective Ben Cramer is the investigating officer.


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