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Body found on Troublesome Creek bank in Eastern KY may be missing flood victim, coroner says

Lexington Herald-Leader logo Lexington Herald-Leader 10/5/2022 Christopher Leach, Lexington Herald-Leader

A body was found in Breathitt County on the banks of Troublesome Creek over the weekend, according to Breathitt County Coroner Hargis Epperson.

Epperson said “it’s a good possibility” the body may be one of the two missing Breathitt County women from the deadly Eastern Kentucky floods in July but he couldn’t confirm that’s the case.

The body was found on the bank of Troublesome Creek near Highway 476 in the Clayhole community, according to Epperson. It was transported to the medical examiner’s office, where it’s still undergoing identification.

Nancy Cundiff, 29, and Vanessa Baker, 60, have been missing since the devastating floods. Both were last scene at their residences in the area of Lower River Caney Road.

Cundiff lived in the Clayhole community, according to Epperson. Her adoptive mother was in the residence with her at the time and died, according to Epperson.

“The water overcame them in the house so quickly they just couldn’t react and it swept both of them away, house and all,” Epperson previously said about the Cundiff household.

The identification of the body could take anywhere from a few days to a few months, Epperson said. If they can use dental records to determine the identity then it will take a short amount of time, but if that’s not possible then then they’ll identify the body with DNA cards. That could take approximately two to three months before results come back.

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