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Clark coroner found dead

Missing Clark County Coroner David W. Jacobs was found dead Friday afternoon in a Richmond motel.

Authorities said they think he committed suicide using prescription drugs.

Jacobs, 45, of Winchester had been missing since June 27, 10 days after he was arrested at Jacobson Park in Lexington on suspicion of indecent exposure. According to the police report, Jacobs “intentionally exposed his genitals in a public place to an undercover officer.”

A housekeeping employee at the Best Western on Eastern Bypass found Jacobs about 1 p.m., Richmond police Sgt. Willard Reardon said.

“It appeared he had been dead for several days,” he said.

Reardon said no foul play is suspected. “Apparently, he took his own life,” he said.

A roommate, Chuck Corby Jr., had filed a missing-person report for Jacobs and noted that the coroner left a letter indicating he wanted to harm himself.

The report said Jacobs was upset by a recent altercation, although it did not specify what.

Corby, reached Friday at his home, declined to discuss the late coroner’s life.

Jacobs was scheduled to appear in court on July 10. He had been released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

He had been coroner since 1990, and from 1983 to 1990, he was a deputy coroner. Until 1998, he was employed by what was then called Edgington Funeral Home.Deputy coroner Sarah Snowden and another deputy performed Jacobs’ duties in his absence. The office could not be reached on Friday.