Woodford County

Calumet Farm, friend address discovery of woman's body in barn

Calumet Farm released a statement Thursday offering condolences to the family of a woman who was found dead in a barn at the rear of the property.

Linda Witman, 48, was found Wednesday on the historic farm. She was the wife of the farm's manager, Bill Witman, according to a friend.

"The entire Calumet Farm family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Linda Witman," said Barry Stilz, the farm's attorney. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Witman family at this time of need.

"In a effort to respect the privacy of the Witman family during this most difficult and unfortunate time, we will have no further comment."

An autopsy was expected to be conducted Thursday. The cause and manner of death hadn't been determined by the Fayette County coroner's office as of midafternoon Thursday.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said she had no new information about the case Thursday. On Wednesday night, Roberts said it was too early to say whether foul play was suspected in Linda Witman's death.

Bud Greely, owner of Wintergreen Farm in Midway and a friend of Linda and Bill Witman, said Linda Witman "was a very, very nice person."

Greely said he thought there "was no foul play at all."

Bill Farish of Lane's End Farm near Versailles told The Blood-Horse that Linda Whitman was formerly director of sales there.

"Linda was a super assistant and helped run the sales at Lane's End for quite a while," Farish said. "She worked with Pete Bradley in our bloodstock division before she worked for me in the sales department, and she was invaluable to both of us. It's really a sad thing; she was a very nice person, and I can't imagine that kind of an end for anybody."

Bill Witman told the Thoroughbred Times in 2001 that his wife was originally from Versailles.

Bill Witman reported his wife missing Sunday night. Crews searched the property Sunday and Monday.

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