Bodies found in Montgomery, Wolfe counties thought to be connected

Carla Hunt
Carla Hunt

Two bodies were found in different counties over the weekend, and investigators think the cases are related.

A man’s body was found by a fisherman Saturday afternoon under the Slate Creek Bridge near Bedford Road in Montgomery County, WKYT-TV reported.

The investigation led police to a cabin off Ky. 11 in Wolfe County, where they found a woman’s body in a wooded area outside, said Wolfe County Coroner Frank Porter.

Their identities have not been released. Porter said an autopsy was conducted on the woman’s body Monday, but she has not been identified. He declined to give a cause of death.

A man and a woman have been arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence in connection with the body found in Montgomery County, WKYT-TV reported.

Talmadge Branham and Carla Hunt are accused of washing blood out of a rental car that was used to move the man’s body from Wolfe County to Montgomery County. WKYT reported that the man was shot after getting into a fight at the cabin, where Branham and Hunt were with him and two other men.

The station said Branham and Hunt are accused of taking the other two men to Lexington and spraying the blood out of the car in Winchester before returning it to Enterprise in Mount Sterling.

Branham, 25, of Jeffersonville, was being held in the Montgomery County Regional Jail Monday night on charges of tampering with physical evidence and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), first offense, according to the jail website.

Hunt, 31, of Salt Lick, was being held in the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of tampering with physical evidence, according to that jail’s website.

The Montgomery County coroner and a representative of the state police referred questions to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Attempts to reach someone with the sheriff’s office were unsuccessful Monday night.