MADISONVILLE, KY (1/23/12) – At a press conference at 3:00 PM this evening, Jan. 23, Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams announced that the identity of a body found on Friday near the Madisonville Earlington border had been positiviely identified.
The body has been positively identified, via dental records, as that of Jeremy Goodwin, a Madisonville resident that has been missing since June of 2011.
According to Chief Williams, investigators found a considerable amount of evidence in the weekend investigation throughout the area of where Goodwin’s remains were found.
“We found enough to further the investigation,” said Williams. “There was foul play involved. I don’t want to focus and say it was one person, but we will be pursuing charges in this investigation. We do have leads in the investigation.”
When asked if Arthur Deramo, a local suspect accused with unlawful imprisonment in this case, was a suspect in the murder, Chief Williams did not say yes or no, but did state that, “More serious charges will come from at least one individual.”
Initially, Chief Williams made clear that first, and foremost, he wanted to issue condolences to the Goodwin family and to other local families with missing members.
“I pray that God will bless them with peace in this time of hardship,” said Chief Williams.
SurfKY News will keep you updated as new details in this case are released.
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HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (1/21/12) - At approximately 10am this morning, January 21st, 2012, Lt. Robert Carter of the Madisonville Police Department (MPD) released updates to the media regarding the investigation of unidentified human remains found yesterday, as well as personal items belonging to missing Madisonville resident, Jeremy D. Goodwin, 35.
Though the identity of the remains are unidentified at this point, Lt. Carter was able to specify that the remains were first discovered by an individual “who came across them” near the intersection of South Main Street and Hwy 2171 (on the westward side of Hwy 2171 near the border of Madisonville and Earlington; see photo).
Though the search location is now known, Hwy 2171 (west) remains fully barricaded and is not open to the public as of this report.
At this time, Lt. Carter announced that a search/investigation team composed of approximately 50 officials with the FBI, MPD, Kentucky State Police (KSP), Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department (HCSD), Hopkins County Coroner, and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Since the search area is mostly rugged terrain (rocks, bodies of water, thick brush, etc.), Lt. Carter noted that evidence collected from the scene will ultimately determine how wide of an area the 50 person team will search and/or investigate. Though the size itself is unknown, Lt. Carter did note that a strategic plan would be put into effect throughout the search/investigation today.
In regards to the FBI’s involvement in the case thus far, Lt. Carter explained that the magnitude of the investigation was a large part. In addition, he noted that, “We believe that many hands make the work lighter. Like Chief Williams mentioned last night, we’re going to try to leave no stone unturned.”
As more information is released regarding this investigation, please look to SurfKY News for the latest updates.
HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (1/20/12)—At 7:30pm this evening, the Madisonville Police Department held a preliminary news conference regarding the discovery of unidentified human remains earlier today in the southern Hopkins County/Earlington area.
Following an initial investigation and assessment by various law enforcement groups late this afternoon (January 20th, 2012), Lt. Carter with the MPD announced that human remains, as well as personal items belonging to missing Madisonville, KY resident Jeremy D. Goodwin, 35, were found near the southern edge of Madisonville, KY (near the city limits).
Though the items do belong to Goodwin, the identity of the body remains unknown at this time.
It is also unknown how the body was located, if foul play was involved, or what the cadaver’s condition was at the time of discovery.
Though a specific location is unspecified, members of the MPD stated that the site of the investigation is closed to the general public and is barricaded at this time.
A full scale search and investigation with help from various law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, will take place throughout the day tomorrow, January 21st.
As more information is officially released, look to SurfKY News for the latest updates on this situation.
To view more information on missing persons in the Hopkins County, KY region, including Jeremy D. Goodwin, CLICK HERE .
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