Police: Smell leads to discovery of decomposing body in Floyd County

Published: Jun. 29, 2018 at 4:35 PM EDT
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Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Prestonsburg man whose body was found in his home Thursday night.

Police say a neighbor went to knock on the door of 43-year-old Dequan Gray and could smell his decomposed body.

Floyd County deputy coroner Chuck Hall says it appears the man died of natural causes and had been dead for at least 15 days. No foul play is suspected.

"I've worked with the Floyd County Rescue Squad and as a volunteer firefighter, and this is one of the worst decomposed bodies I have ever seen," said Hall.

There is very little information about Gray as attempts are being made to contact his next of kin.

Hall said neighbors had little information to share, telling him that Gray had lived in the area around 15 years. Officials say he was originally from California.

"His mom and dad, he doesn't talk about them there. I think they've passed away also. And he has a brother, but like I said, he was a private person so we don't know his name, we don't know where he's from," said Laura Ousley, a friend of Gray's.

Ousley says she last spoke with Gray about a month ago, and that he did not seem to be doing well.

"I saw where he made a post on Facebook on June 13 saying that he had pneumonia," Ousley said.

If you have any information about Gray you are asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 or the Floyd County corner's office.