Police release name in Clay County death investigation, charges pending against driver

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Published: Nov. 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - 11-29-2021 Update: Clay County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Chop Bottom Road Sunday afternoon after reports of a car that went over an embankment.

“After retrieving the vehicle from over the hill, they found a deceased male in the back seat of the vehicle,” said Clay County Sheriff Patrick Robinson.

The sheriff said that man was identified as 38-year-old Jimmy Jones who they believe was the passenger.

“We’re working it as a death investigation right now,” he added.

He said when they arrived to the scene, the driver of the car was gone and they are now facing charges.

“Within the next day or two we’ll have the driver named and arrest warrants for them to be arrested,” he said.

A lot of work goes into a death investigation like interviewing victims and families.

“We have to follow every lead that we get, we work it as criminal investigation until we can figure out the title,” he said. “That if it’s going to be a homicide or a regular death investigation.”

Jones’s body was taken for an autopsy.

Original Story:

Chop Bottom Road in Clay County was closed for a while this weekend due to an ongoing death investigation.

On Sunday, November 28th, the Clay County Sheriffs Office responded to a complaint of a vehicle over a hill.

When Clay County Deputy Sheriff Kendric Smith arrived on the scene, Deputy Smith found the vehicle and discovered the man inside.

The identity of the subject is being withheld at this time.

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