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State of Kentucky Abandons Body of Ward of the State-Coroner

State of Kentucky Abandons Body of Ward of the State-Coroner

Bill Stephens

June 3rd, 2019

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The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office is currently investigating the abandonment of a ward of the State of Kentucky. The victim, Randy Smith, a resident of Hartford, KY, was a ward of the State of Kentucky because of his disabilities.  On 05-31-2019 he died at Select Specialties Hospital  in Evansville where, under the supervision of the State of Kentucky, he was receiving treatment. Upon his death, The Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services was contacted and notified of the death. The State of Kentucky has since stated that since he died in Indiana he was no longer their responsibility and at this time he is an abandoned body. The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office is currently attempting to make appropriate arrangements for the victim.

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