Update: Murder victim found in Laurel County identified

Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:16 PM EDT
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Update Thursday, March 22, 10:30 p.m.

Police said in a release Thursday night that the body found in a Laurel County man's home on Tuesday has been identified.

Police said the body was that of Jared Clint Lipscomb, age 22. The Laurel County Sheriff's office confirmed to WYMT that Jared Lipscomb was the son of Kenneth Lipscomb, age 55.

Kenneth Lipscomb killed himself Wednesday evening after a police chase in Laurel County.

Thursday Update 5:00 p.m.

Deputies in Laurel County say the person of interest in a homicide investigation shot himself Wednesday night.

Officials say they spotted Kenneth Lipscomb, 55, on Flatwoods Road near Laurel Lake.

A deputy, a KSP trooper and U.S. Forest Service Officer chased Lipscomb for a little more than a mile. Investigators say Lipscomb then drove into a field.

"They had the road blocked, he topped the rise, he had nowhere to go. The field was marshy and muddy, where it had been raining and snowing," said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.

Before the officers could get to the truck, Lipscomb shot himself in the chest, investigators said.

Lipscomb later died at Baptist Health Corbin, according to investigators.

Deputies say Lipscomb was a person of interest after discovering a dead body Tuesday afternoon.

The body was found at 3:20 p.m. just west of London at Hunters Trace in a home that Lipscomb owned. Neighbors say he had not been seen at the home in some time.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday in Frankfort to determine the identity and cause of death. Investigators say the person was shot in the chest.

Police say a ballistics test will show if the gun Lipscomb used to take his own life was the same one that took the life of the person found in his home.

Police say the state medical examiner has not positively identified the body that was found in Lipscomb's home, although officials say they have a good idea of who it is.

Update, March 21 8:20 p.m.

Police say Kenneth W. Lipscomb, the man wanted in connection a Laurel County homicide investigation, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officials from the Laurel County Sheriff's Office say they received a call from someone who had seen Lipscomb. The person said he was driving his white Ford F-150 with a camper shell just before five Wednesday afternoon on Flatwoods Road toward Laurel Lake.

When police arrived to the location, they say Lipscomb took off in his truck in an attempt to run from police.

The pursuit lasted for about one and a half miles until Lipscomb left the roadway and drove into a field.

As officers were walking up to the stopped truck, they say Lipscomb shot himself in the chest with a 45 caliber handgun.

Lipscomb was then transported to Baptist Healthcare hospital in Corbin where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials from Laurel County Sheriff's Office are also saying the person found dead at Lipscomb's home also died from a single gunshot wound from a 45 caliber gun.

Police are also still waiting for dental records to be compared to the person who was found dead before they release the identity.

Update, March 21 2:00 p.m.

Laurel County officials say the preliminary autopsy results indicate the body found off Hunters Trace Tuesday afternoon was the victim of a homicide.

"We want to err in the direction of safety of law enforcement and the public anywhere in the state," said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

The victim still has not been identified.

Kenneth Lipscomb, the owner of the home where the body was found, is still considered missing and a person of interest in the investigation.

Original Story, March 20

Officials in Laurel County are investigating after a dead body was found in a home off Hunter's Trace, just west of London, Tuesday afternoon.

The body is being sent to Frankfort to be identified and to determine a cause of death.

The Laurel County Sheriff's office is also asking for the public's help finding a man in relation to the death investigation.

In a release police called the search for Kenneth W. Lipscomb a missing person's investigation. Officials are calling Lipscomb a person of interest and hope to check his well-being.

Lipscomb is 55 years old, he is described as 5'4" 160 pounds, with brown and gray balding short hair. Police said he could be driving a white 2011 Ford F-150 with a white camper shell attached with Kentucky license number 568MMM.

Police said Lipscomb may be dangerous and could have a weapon. If encountered, police ask that you contact the Laurel County Sheriff's office at 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000. Information will be strictly confidential.