Fayette County

Fayette coroner searching for clues to identify body

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn will work with cadaver dogs Monday along Town Branch Creek in hopes of finding more clues to identify a badly decomposed body found there on Saturday.

"If the dogs make a hit, we will have teams of people who can go in the water to get additional tissues," Ginn said.

Ginn was called to Donamire Farm on Old Frankfort Pike about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday after farm workers found the remains of a body snagged on a piece of metal in the creek.

Ginn said he thinks the remains are that of a male because of the size and a man's belt on the body.

Because of advanced decomposition, Ginn could not say whether foul play was involved.

There is a possible person of interest in the case, Ginn said.

Darryl Dotson, who lives near Town Branch Creek, has been missing for three months, but "in no way am I giving the family false hope that this is their loved one, because we have done no identification whatsoever," Ginn said.

Dotson's wife Kim reported him missing in March. At the time, she told WKYT-TV that his cell phone was found in Masterson Station Park.

Dotson, 38, was an investment officer at Farmers National Bank in Danville for several years until he resigned in late 2008, according to the Danville Advocate Messenger.

Ginn said his office will work closely with forensic anthropologist Emily Craig and the state medical examiner's office to make an identification as quickly as possible. He hopes to do an autopsy on Tuesday morning.

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