map300 mccrakenPADUCAH, Ky. (1/16/20) — A man found in the Ohio River has been identified as an 84-year-old male from Louisville, McCracken County Coroner Amanda Melton said in a press release today.

He was reported missing from Louisville Sept. 9, 201,8 and found near the Brookport, Illinois bridge Sept. 18, 2018.

"His family has requested his name be withheld," Melton wrote.

The man was identified thanks to the exhaustive efforts of the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office, McCracken County Coroner’s Office, “NamUS” Regional Specialist, Amy Dobbs, the Louisville Metro Homicide/Missing Persons Unit, and McCracken County Sherriff’s Department Detective unit, authorities reported.

“These are cases that really stay with you,” Melton stated. “We knew there was someone missing their loved one, but could not confirm his identity with the information we had at that time. I am thankful this family now has some answers.”

Melton, with assistance from Lindsey Funeral Home, Wilbert Vault Company, Rose Garden Florist and local police and volunteer agencies, arranged a graveside funeral for the then unidentified man May 29, 2019. He was laid to rest at Wilmington Cemetery, his grave marker donated by JW Reynolds.

Melton was notified of the match by NamUS in November and the family was contacted soon thereafter.

“I shared with this man’s family that our community had done the very best they possibly could to honor their loved one,” said Melton. “They have expressed their sincere appreciation, but wish to maintain their privacy at this time." 

NamUS is described as a national database clearing house that helps resolve missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the U.S.

According to NamUS, 66 unidentified person cases currently remain open across Kentucky.

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