Coroner's office identifies decomposed body found in London

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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Oct. 19 A.M. Update

The Laurel County Coroner's office has identified the body of a man found in London Oct. 10.

The coroner's office confirmed to WYMT Friday that Mark Wagers, 58, of Corbin, was the man found by a pastor last week.

The cause of death is currently not known, but the coroner's office said the autopsy report should be completed in a few days with details on how Wagers died.

The coroner's office does not suspect foul play.

They are also waiting on the autopsy report to indicate how long Wagers' body had been there.

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A death investigation is underway in London after a pastor found a decomposed body Wednesday.

Authorities say the pastor was mowing church property near 11th Street and Mill Street when the body was spotted in a wooded area.

The Laurel County coroner's office tells WYMT the cause of death is not determined at this time.

The deputy coroner says he does not know the gender or identity of the body.

Officials are performing an autopsy. London Police is investigating.

Our sister station WKYT spoke to Jared Burgess, pastor of Church of the Nazarene and the man who found the body.

"As I got closer there was a distinct odor and I began to look for the source. And I saw a human figure," said Burgess. "Of course very surprising, very alarming, especially so close in proximity to my home."

A wallet and identification were found on the body, but the amount of decay is preventing officials from confirming the body's identity.

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