Homicide investigation rattles Mt. Vernon, town of 2,500

MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman was found dead Tuesday night in a business she owns and it sent shock waves through a quiet Rockcastle County community.

According to Mt. Vernon Police Chief Brian Carter, 54-year-old Faney Hellard was found at about 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the Glitter Box on Richmond Street.

Rockcastle County Coroner Marvin Owens says Hellard was stabbed twice. An autopsy is being performed in Louisville.  Coroner Owens says preliminary autopsy results could be available on Thursday.

The case is being investigated as a homicide by Mt. Vernon Police, Kentucky State Police and the Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Department.

Because investigators weren’t sure how it happened or who was responsible, schools in the community were asked to be on heightened alert and keep students inside Wednesday out of an abundance of caution, especially since such crimes are rare in the town of about 2,500, which is the county seat of Rockcastle County.

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