Lexington police investigate after finding body, 2 emaciated people in motel

jkegley@herald-leader.comMarch 13, 2013 

Lexington police opened a neglect investigation after two emaciated people were found Wednesday in a motel room with a dead man.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office identified Gerald Lee Lakes, 24, as the man found dead in the room. Authorities did not release the names or ages of the malnourished people Wednesday, but Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said police think they are adults.

Roberts said investigators think "one or both" of the emaciated people "had either mental disabilities or a physical handicap." They were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment.

Police began investigating after paramedics found Lakes' body.

The fire department received a call about 10:30 a.m. from someone who found the people in a room at Knights Inn on Stanton Way, off Newtown Pike just north of Interstate 75. Paramedics called police when they determined that Lakes was dead.

A cause of death for Lakes had not been determined Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday, the coroner's office said in a news release. Police need the autopsy results to complete the death investigation.

Detectives from the department's Special Victims Unit were investigating the condition of the other two people. They had not determined whether anyone was supposed to have been caring for the people.

No one has been charged, Roberts said.

"At this point our detectives are working to determine whether these two individuals ... were in this condition because of neglect or some other reason," she said.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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