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Wreck found after 2 days in Kentucky

Wreck found after 2 days in Kentucky

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:02 pm

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Police say a wreck in western Kentucky went unnoticed for two days, until a passing motorist saw it because he stopped to pick up a cell phone in the road.
Kentucky State Police were called out to the scene near Kentucky 1241 about 10 miles north of Mayfield on Sunday afternoon, trooper Dean Patterson said.
He said emergency workers found a couple pinned inside a Pontiac Sunbird that had flipped into a creek bed where it was hidden from passing traffic.
Patterson says 24-year-old Heather Henson was dead from blunt force trauma.
Her husband, 25-year-old Roger Henson, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
Patterson told The Paducah Sun that it was “an unusual circumstance” for a wreck to go so long before being found.
Heather Henson’s father, Victor Litchfield, and brother, Jarren Litchfield, told WPSD that they contacted local police to report the Calloway County couple missing, but were told they had to wait for 72 hours for a search to begin.
Calloway County Sheriff Bill Marcum said his office waits 24 hours to fill out a report, but said they take every call seriously.
“You take a case-by-case basis,” Marcum said. “Has this happened before? Do they go to Paducah? Do they go to Nashville? You got to do a little investigation there.”
State police say they weren’t contacted about the missing couple and do not having a waiting period to fill out a missing person’s report. They recommended that people file missing persons reports with both local and state police. Published in The Messenger 9.21.11

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