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Police searching for man following shooting death of Frankfort woman

Derek Garten
Derek Garten Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 38-year-old man in connection to a homicide that occurred Tuesday morning.

Margaret Elizabeth Smith, 39, of Frankfort, was found dead inside a home on Meadow Glen Drive with a gunshot wound, according to the Franklin County Coroner.

An autopsy for Smith is scheduled for Wednesday.

The sheriff's office said they are searching for Derek Garten, who is 38 years old, 6-feet tall and has brown hair. He is wanted on a terroristic threatening charge and is a person of interest in the homicide investigation, according to the sheriff's office.

He was last seen driving a Toyota 4Runner with a front vanity plate saying "punisher," WKYT reported.

The victim had an emergency protective order against Garten, who is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to WKYT.

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