More details have emerged in the case of human remains found in northern McCreary County this past March.
The remains of Charles R. Murphy, 26,were discovered on March 29 after law enforcement officers located the body following a search off Day Ridge Road.
According to Kentucky State Police Detective Billy Correll, the cause of death has been confirmed as a result of multiple gun shot wounds.
No further details have been released concerning the case, but the state police did confirm last month the case is being treated as a homicide, and the investigation has been ongoing with hopes of a resolution in the near future.
The investigation officially opened when Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Horne conducted a traffic stop in Wayne County on March 26 and obtained information relating to the missing person’s case involving Murphy. Deputy Horne’s investigation led to information that prompted authorities to search an area off Day Ridge Road.
A search was conducted, with officers locating the body under a rocky overhang near the base of a cliff.
The body was found wrapped in a blanket or carpet and secured with duct tape and an extension cord. The body was also covered with several small rocks, in what appeared to be an attempt to conceal the remains.
Last month the body was positively identified as that of Murphy after the Kentucky State Medical Examiner and Tennessee Department of Forensic Anthropology compared dental records.
Murphy had been reported missing in April of the previous year, and the condition of the remains indicate it may have been in that location for up to a year.
The body was located near the residence of Murphy’s father, Anthony Murphy, who has been incarcerated on unrelated charges since January.