Paris man charged with abuse of corpse after body is found in house

Michael Hutsell.
Michael Hutsell. Bourbon County regional jail

A Paris man has been charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse after a body was found in the crawl space of a duplex in Bourbon County.

Michael Hutsell, 45, was booked into the Bourbon County regional jail early Tuesday, according to the jail website. State police received a call from the Paris Police Department about a strange odor coming from the duplex on High Street at 11:50 p.m. Monday, according to Kentucky State Police.

Trooper Patrick Davis went to the home and obtained consent from the owner to search the duplex, according to state police. Davis discovered the corpse in the crawl space.

According to state police, Bourbon County Coroner Dee Gee Roe has arranged for an autopsy, which might be completed as early as late Tuesday afternoon. Neither the body’s identity nor a cause of death had been determined as of early Tuesday afternoon.

State police said Hutsell could face additional charges, and the investigation continues.