UPDATE: Suspect in disappearance of 16-year-old taken into custody

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) – A suspect sought in connection with the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who was found dead in Kentucky has been taken into custody.

Media outlets report online records show that 21-year-old Skyler Barnett was arrested Friday on charges of unlawful transaction with a minor and drug charges.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley says deputies were serving a warrant at Barnett’s home that night when they found Kayly Lockaby’s body in nearby woods.

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies say Lockaby was last seen early Tuesday and that her foster parent reported her missing.

Before she was found dead, authorities said she was thought to have been in the company of Barnett.

Croley says an autopsy was conducted Saturday to determine the cause of death.

It isn’t immediately clear if Barnett has an attorney.

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7:45 a.m.

A suspect sought in connection with the disappearance of a missing 16-year-old girl found dead in Whitley County has been taken into custody.

Media outlets report online records show that 21-year-old Skyler Barnett was arrested Friday on unlawful transaction with a minor and drug charges.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley says deputies were serving a warrant at Barnett’s home that night when they found Kayly Lockaby’s body in some nearby woods.

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies say Lockaby was last seen early Tuesday. Her foster parent reported her missing.

Before she was found dead, authorities said she was thought to have been in the company of Barnett.

Croley says an autopsy was conducted Saturday to determine the cause of death.

It isn’t immediately clear if Barnett has an attorney.

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7-29-16 4:30 p.m.

The Laurel Co. Sheriff says an arrest warrant has been issued in connection to a missing Laurel Co. teenager.

16-year-old Kayly Lockaby was reported missing by her foster parents, and was last seen on July 26 at around 4:30 a.m.

The Sheriff says now, 21-year-old Skyler Barnett, of either Corbin or Barbourville in Knox Co. is charged with harboring a runaway.

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3:08 p.m.

Kayly Lockaby

Kayly Lockaby (Photo Courtesy: Laurel Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The Laurel Co. Sheriff says a 16-year-old young woman has been reported missing by her foster parents.

According to the Sheriff, Kayly Lockaby was last seen July 26 at about 4:30 a.m.,  wearing black leggings, a red shirt, and black flip flops.  The Sheriff says she has 2 distinctive tattoos on one shoulder, and one on her forearm.

The Sheriff says she may be in the company of a 21-year-old man from either Corbin or Barbourville.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Lockaby or the unidentified man is asked to call the Laurel Co. Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600, or (606) 878-7000.

 

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