Estill Co. Death Investigation Continues

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Police were called to Saint Joseph hospital Sunday morning after a man was found dead in a car in the parking lot.  Investigators have identified the man as Ricky W. Conrad, 44, of Irvine, Kentucky.  State Police say Conrad was the last person seen with Ellen Townsend, 29, also of Irvine, who’s body was discovered along Noland Creek Road in Estill County Saturday morning.  Police say Townsend died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators say Townsend was last seen in a silver Chrysler sedan with Conrad.  That car was found parked at Saint Joseph hospital Sunday morning at around 10:30 a.m., with Conrad’s body inside.  Police say they also found a gun, and personal property in the car belonging to Townsend.

The cause of Conrad’s death is still under investigation, but State Police are not calling this a murder-suicide. 

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