A Lexington woman whose body was found in a 2-foot-deep creek in rural Rockcastle County drowned, but how it happened remains unclear, an official said.
Rockcastle County Deputy Coroner Bill Dowell said Wednesday that an autopsy Tuesday confirmed drowning as the immediate cause of Amelia A. Jones' death, although various lab test results are pending.
A number of questions remain unanswered, Dowell said Wednesday, and the investigation was continuing. Authorities don't think foul play was involved, he said.
Jones was last seen Saturday in Richmond, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
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Jones' body was found about 7 p.m. Monday in a stream called Crooked Creek, just off a rural gravel road and near the spot where her vehicle had been found, Dowell said. The stream had been swollen earlier by rains. He said he wasn't sure how deep it was when Jones drowned.
According to Kentucky State Police, troopers were called to the Crooked Creek area after an abandoned car was found. The body was found nearby later.
Dowell said the car wasn't in the creek. He said he couldn't specify how close to the body the car was because it had been towed away when the coroner's staff arrived.
"We're not even sure when she went into the creek," he said.
It's also unclear how Jones, 41, came to be in the water.
"The manner of death right now is undetermined," he said.
Officials also aren't sure why Jones traveled to Rockcastle County from Lexington. She was reported missing by a relative on Monday, Lexington police said.
Dowell said he'd heard that Jones' father might be buried in a cemetery near Crooked Creek, but he didn't know whether that was true.
No witnesses have come forward, and Dowell said he doubts anyone saw Jones drown.
There are few homes near the creek, and Dowell said it was unlikely that Jones called for help.
"That's just my opinion," he said. "If she had called for help, I don't think anybody would have heard her."
Dowell described the case as unusual.
Asked whether there was any indication from Jones' family that she had been under stress recently, he said, "I can't answer that right now."