Kentucky State Police partners with DNA Doe Project to identify victim in Grant County cold case

Posted at 2:47 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 19:33:25-05

DRY RIDGE, Ky. — Authorities hope a partnership will help identify a man who was found shot dead in a tobacco barn in 1989.

Kentucky State Police is working with the DNA Doe Project, an organization that searches DNA databases for common ancestors, to help identify the victim of the homicide.

Authorities found the body of a 20- to 30-year-old white man on April 9, 1989, in a barn off Kentucky Route 22, about 7.5 miles west of Dry Ridge. The man’s body was partially decomposed, his clothes had been removed and both of his hands had been severed.

The victim was about 6’4’’ and 220 pounds. Investigators determined the man had been shot twice in the back of the head with a .22-caliber weapon at an unknown location.

The DNA Doe Project established a fundraising campaign for the special lab testing that will be required to extract DNA from the victim’s remains.

Anyone with information about this homicide should contact Kentucky State Police at 859-428-1212.