A Fleming County man has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of two people whose remains were found in the spring in rural Fleming County.
Mariano Arias, 27, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Ewing community of Fleming County by Kentucky State Police, Sheriff Scotty Royse said.
Royse said the arrest followed an investigation by state police and his office.
Arias was being held in the Mason County Detention Center.
Royse said Arias is a migrant worker who had been in and out of Fleming County several times in recent years. Arias recently returned to the area, he said.
The two murder charges stem from two sets of human remains that were found on Delaney Road in western Fleming County in late April, Royse said.
He declined to give further details, saying the case "is still unfolding." Officers were conducting interviews Thursday afternoon, he said.
The remains were discovered by a man who was cleaning out a drainage ditch on Delaney Road, Fleming County Coroner Gary Workman said. The man removed debris that had washed into the ditch and saw a human skull.
"There had been a big rain that washed down some brush, and with the brush came a skull," Workman said.
A second set of remains was discovered in the same area a few days later, Workman said. The identities of the victims have not been determined, the coroner said.
The Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort is working on the case, Royse said.
It's possible that the two victims might have been migrant workers, he said. Police have said that at least one set of remains might be those of a Hispanic.