Can collectors find decomposed body in Clark County

People collecting aluminum cans for recycling found a body near an interstate exit in Clark County on Friday.

Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart said the body was found alongside Goshen Road at the intersection with U.S. 60. The location is near I-64 Exit 101.

Gayheart said the body had “been there a while,” which made it difficult to confirm the person’s age or gender. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning in Frankfort.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue said the body was found Friday afternoon.

“It looks like it could be a case that the state police out of Columbia are working,” so the case has been turned over to them, Perdue said.

He said state police had asked him not to release any information about the case the body might be connected to.

WKYT reported that family and friends of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner have been searching for them in Clark County.

The couple, from Florence, went missing July 3, after they went to Washington County to talk to Craig Pennington, 52, who rented a cabin outside Springfield from them. Pennington has been charged with murder, but their bodies have not been found.

The state police post in Columbia handles cases from Washington County.