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Autopsy clues, dog search lead to second body in Metcalfe

Phillip England, Edmonton, KY, identified as first victim found. Medical Examiner finds injuries consistent with auto accident. Expanded search of area ensues. . Detective Kevin Hunt finds wrecked vehicle. Detective Underwood and Til called to scene. Team discovers the remains of Dwight Fancher, also of Edmonton. KSP Post 15 Detective Kevin Hunt continues investigation. KSP theory of how accident occurred. Another autopsy to be performed in Louisville. KSP narrative by Sgt. Ken Hill follows recap, inside.

An autopsy in Louisville by the State Medical Examiner the body of the man found May 19, 2006, in a ditchline in Metcalfe County has led to the solution to a mystery and the discovery of a second fatality in the incident.

The identity of the first man discovered is Phillip England, Edmonton, KY (formerly of Columbia, KY. The medical examiner found that his wounds were consistent with an automobile accident, and that led police to widen the search. In the process, a wrecked vehicle was found, and later, the body of Dwight Fancher, 41, Edmonton, KY.

The narrative of the police report follows:

By Sgt. Ken Hill
Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY

On Friday, May 19, 2006, Metcalfe County Sheriff Rondal Shirley responded to a complaint of a male subject lying in a ditch line on KY Highway 1243.

After locating Phillip England lying alongside the roadway, Sheriff Shirley contacted Emergency Medical Services. England was transported to T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow, where he was pronounced dead by the Barren County Coroner (Michael T. Swift).

Detectives Hunt, Moses, and Sullivan respond to original scene

Kentucky State Police Detectives Kevin Hunt, Donnie Moses, and Detective Sergeant Bobby Sullivan responded to the original scene and began an investigation.

The cause of Englands injuries was not readily apparent, and it was unknown how he came to be at that location.

An autopsy was performed on Saturday, May 20, 2006. The State Medical Examiner concluded Englands injuries were consistent with an automobile accident, though the detectives had found no evidence of a collision.

Detective Hunt discovers wrecked vehicle 0.2 mile away

On Sunday, May 21, 2006, Detective Kevin Hunt returned to the scene for further investigation, and discovered a wrecked vehicle over a steep embankment, approximately 2/10 of a mile from where England was located.

The vehicle was hidden from view by dense undergrowth and trees. After searching the area, Detective Hunt called for assistance from Kentucky State Police Canine Detective Ricky Underwood.

With the help of Detective Underwood and his the dog, Til, the officers later located the body of 41 year-old Dwight Fancher, Edmonton, KY. Metcalfe County Coroner Larry N. Wilson later pronounced Fancher dead at the scene.

Appears Fancher and England were traveling south; driver lost control

It now appears that Fancher and England were traveling south on Kentucky Highway 1243 in a 1996 Toyota Corolla, when Fancher lost control of the vehicle in a curve, overcorrected, and traveled over the embankment.

Both occupants ejected. Seatbelts not in use

The vehicle struck a large brush pile and overturned, ejecting both Fancher and England who were not belted at the time of the crash.

An autopsy is scheduled for Dwight Fancher, on Monday, May 22, at the State Medical Examiners Office in Louisville, KY.

The investigation continues by Detective Kevin Hunt.
Story credit: Sgt. Ken Hill. Information courtesy Trooper Dwaine Barnett, Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky State Police Post 15, 1118 Jamestown ST, (at Exit 49, Louie B. Nunn Parkway), Columbia, KY. Thanks also to Kimberly R. Popplewell, dispatcher. For more on Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY, Click HereDetective Ricky Underwood

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Metcalfe Mystery: Canine Detective team found second man

2006-05-22 - Columbia, KY - Photo archive photo. The Kentucky State Police team of Canine Detective Ricky Undewood and Til proved indispensable when they discovered the body of Dwight Fancher, the second victim to be found following an auto crash May 19, 2006, near Edmonton, KY.
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A Single Cross at Alone

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