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Suicide victim is related to 1 of 2 women killed in Franklin County, coroner says

More details about Franklin County double homicide investigation released

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton talks Monday about the slayings of two women, including a mom of three, found in a house on Pea Ridge Road Friday. "We may never know what the motive was," he said.
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Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton talks Monday about the slayings of two women, including a mom of three, found in a house on Pea Ridge Road Friday. "We may never know what the motive was," he said.

One of two women killed in a double homicide was the mother of a man who committed suicide in a different location, according to law enforcement officials.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton revealed Monday the names of the victims from a double homicide discovered Friday.

Jennifer Lynn Downey, 32, of Frankfort, and Carolyn Barker, 88, of Franklin County, were found with gunshot wounds at Barker’s house on Pea Ridge Road about 6:20 p.m. Friday. Downey was Barker’s caregiver.

Also on Monday, Coroner Will Harrod identified the man who died Friday of a single self-inflicted gunshot on Washington Street in Frankfort as Barker’s son, Raymond “Voin” Barker, 69. His body was found about 2 p.m. Friday.

Melton would not say the three deaths are related, but he disclosed that his office wasn’t looking for another suspect. The sheriff’s department has worked with Frankfort police to determine whether there is a possible connection, Melton said.

Friday night, Franklin County deputies responded to a call from one of Carolyn Barker’s relatives who found her and Downey after being unable to contact Barker.

Melton said Monday the motive was not clear.

“We got a lot of evidence that detectives are going through right now. We are very, very thorough,” Melton said. “Time is on our side right now, so we are taking our time to make sure that we do the best job for the families and the victims in this case.”

The women’s bodies were taken to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsies. Downey was a mother of several children, Melton said.

Funeral services for Downey will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Frankfort. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for Carolyn Barker will be private, according to Harrod Brothers Funeral Home.

An online obituary said Carolyn Barker was a native of Franklin County who was retired from the Kentucky Supreme Court Clerk’s Office. She was the widow of Kelly Barker Jr.

“She was an avid reader and appreciated the natural beauty of Kentucky scenery,” the obituary stated. “She loved and cherished her family dearly.”

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley

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