Jessamine County

Son of woman whose remains were found in Kentucky River faces robbery and fraud charges

The son of a woman whose remains were found at two different places on the Kentucky River faces charges of robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Zachariah Massey, 24, of Cynthiana, was arrested Dec. 4 by Cynthiana police and charged with second-degree robbery, according to the website for the Bourbon County Detention Center. Massey was lodged there after his arrest.

Massey was charged in connection with the Dec. 3 robbery of a Fast Max convenience store on U.S. 27 at Ky. 32, according to the Cynthiana Democrat newspaper.

Human remains found in the Kentucky River were identified Friday as those of Gordia Massey, 50, of Lexington.

Henry County Coroner James Pollard said forensics matched an arm found Oct. 25 in the Kentucky River at Lockport to a torso found last week in Jessamine County.

Zachariah Massey, also known as Zachary, reported Gordia Massey missing Oct. 1, Pollard said. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Zachariah Massey was also charged with third-degree escape because after his arrest, he bolted from a Cynthiana police cruiser but was quickly caught, according to the Cynthiana Democrat.

The jail website said he was also charged with fraudulent use of a credit card in an amount more than $500 but less than $10,000. He is also charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Zachariah Massey remains in the Bourbon County jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.

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