Update: Following up on a death investigation in Perry County from Thursday, April 11, 2019, the victim in the case has been identified. The body of 32-year-old Mary Napier has been identified by the Perry County Coroner’s Office. Her body was discovered by an ATV rider on a trail near Louis Cemetery in Viper the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2019. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this case, contact the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.
Original Story: A body was discovered by an ATV rider in Perry County on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call from a man advising he discovered the body on a trail near Louis Cemetery Road. Investigators responded to the scene in the Viper community. The preliminary investigation revealed that the female had an apparent gunshot wound to her body. No identifying information was located at the scene to allow for positive identification of the body. Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeff Combs made a death pronouncement at the scene. The body is described as being a white female, approximately 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds. She was wearing a gray jacket and gray leggings with a multi-colored shirt and red boots. She is believed to be between 25 and 32 years old. An autopsy will be performed. Anyone with information concerning this female is urged to contact KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6070.