Missing 16-year-old girl found dead in Whitley County

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A suspect sought in connection with the disappearance of a missing 16-year-old girl found dead in Whitley County has been taken into custody.

Media outlets report online records show that 21-year-old Skyler Barnett was arrested Friday on unlawful transaction with a minor and drug charges.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley says deputies were serving a warrant at Barnett’s home that night when they found Kayly Lockaby’s body in some nearby woods.

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies say Lockaby was last seen early Tuesday. Her foster parent reported her missing.

Before she was found dead, authorities said she was thought to have been in the company of Barnett.

Croley says an autopsy was conducted Saturday to determine the cause of death.

It isn’t immediately clear if Barnett has an attorney.


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