Man charged in connection with woman’s body found in Perry County

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Jacqueline Herald/Engle-Bowling Funeral Home

COMBS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police have charged a 29-year-old man in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found May 8 in an abandoned house in Perry County.

Roy L. Johnson, 29, of Hazard, is charged with abuse of a corpse, evidence tampering, complicity to commit second-degree arson, and first-degree wanton endangerment in connection with the death of 18-year-old Jacqueline Herald, of Hazard, the KSP said in a statement.

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Troopers were notified at about 2 a.m. May 8 by a concerned citizen who reported a body could be inside an abandoned residence located on North Engle Street in the Combs community of Perry County.

During a walk-through of the residence, troopers found a woman dead. KSP detectives began an investigation and the Perry County Coroner’s office took the remains to the Medical Examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

The woman was identified as Herald and following further investigation, troopers charged Johnson, according to the KSP. Details about the relationship between the two or what might have happened have not been released.

Toxicology and autopsy reports are pending. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Det. Robbie Dials.

Services for Herald are scheduled Saturday at Engle-Bowling Funeral Home in Hazard. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. and a memorial service follows at 2 p.m., according to the funeral home.

According to her obituary, Jacqueline Mialing Herald was born December 21, 2002, the daughter of Kenneth Albert Herald and the late Angel Marie Campbell. She also was preceded in death by her grandfather, Marcus Campbell, and uncle, Jesse Campbell.

She is survived by her father, Kenneth Albert Herald of Combs; grandparents, Marshall “Greg” Herald and Tammy Campbell of Combs; grandmother, Jacqueline Gibson of Darfork; a brother, Kenneth Alexander Herald of Combs; special cousins, Willie Mosley, Greg Herald, Harley Little and C.J. Little; uncles, Joshua Campbell and Marcus & Julie Campbell; and an aunt, Charity Herald.