UPDATE: This morning an autopsy was performed at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Frankfort, Ky. As a result of the autopsy, it was determined that the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound. The deceased victim has been identified as Ellen C. Townsend, 29 years old of Irvine.
The ongoing investigation indicates Townsend was last seen in a silver Chrysler sedan with Ricky W. Conrad, 44 years old of Irvine.
This morning at approximately 10:30 am, Lexington Police Department located Ricky Conrad in a silver Chrysler sedan. Conrad was found deceased inside the vehicle, which was parked in the St. Joseph Hospital parking lot on N. Eagle Creek Drive in Lexington. The Lexington Police Department and the Fayette County Coroner are investigating Conrad’s death.
While Lexington Police were conducting their initial investigation, they found personal property belonging to Ellen C. Townsend and a firearm inside the vehicle.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jesse Armstrong.
Original news release below:
(Irvine, KY) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was contacted by the Estill County Sheriff’s Office just after 10:30 am this morning, in reference to a female that had been found deceased on Noland Creek Road in rural Estill County.
Personnel from the KSP Richmond Post responded to the scene and found the female victim laying on the side of the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound. The unidentified female was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Estill County Coroner.
The Kentucky State Police is asking anyone that saw any suspicious activity in the area or with any information to call (859) 623-2404 or toll free at (800) 222-5555.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jesse Armstrong. He was assisted at the scene by KSP Personnel, Estill County EMS, Estill County Sheriff’s Office, and the Estill County Coroner.