UPDATE: Scott County woman’s death appears natural: Investigators

Had been missing in South Rays Fork area since Friday


CORINTH, Ky. (WTVQ) – Scott County Sheriff’s investigators say a body found Monday is that of Mary Haralson who had been missing since Friday. The death appears to be natural from exposure, investigators said.

“In regards to the deceased female located near the 200 block of South Rays Fork in Northern Scott County on Monday, November 8, 2021, the Scott County Coroner John Goble has notified our agency that the identity of the deceased is that of Mary Haralson,” the Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday morning in a statement.

“Ms. Haralson had been the subject of a missing persons report since Sunday when first responders learned she had possibly gotten hurt while walking in the large wooded area behind her home on Friday November 5th. Search crews located her body yesterday (Monday) morning and she was taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort where an autopsy was performed this (Tuesday) morning. The Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Officer has determined that Ms. Haralson’s cause of death was natural causes brought on by her exposure to the environmental elements. No foul play is suspected and the Scott County Coroner’s Office and Scott County Sheriff’s Office has concluded their investigations,” the department added.


CORINTH, Ky. (WTVQ) – Investigators in Scott County are trying to determine if a woman found dead in a rural part of the county is the missing woman crews searched for over the weekend.  According to first responders,emergency crews responded to a 911 call at a home in Scott County Sunday evening. After assisting an elderly woman who had fallen, crews learned a second person living in the house had been missing since Friday. A voicemail on a phone left by the woman indicated that she was out looking for her dog. A search party began. On Monday morning, crews reported that they discovered a woman’s body. At this time are trying to determine if this person is the missing person. Following this discovery, search and rescue teams are leaving hikers and outdoor enthusiasts with this word of advice.

“Let someone know when you’re leaving and when you’re expecting to be back and let them know don’t be afraid to call somebody if you don’t hear from me when I get back,” says Captain Randy Catlette with the Scott County Fire Department.

First responders say that a living healthy dog was found near the body of the woman. This investigation is ongoing.


SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman who has been missing since Friday in the woods of Scott County was found dead Monday morning, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies and emergency responders are on the scene trying to determine what happened to Mary Haralson whose body was spotted along a tree line by the department’s helicopter in the area of South Ray’s Fork south of Corinth in the northern part of the county, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Search crews suspended the search for Haralson at about 10 p.m. Sunday and it resumed Monday morning with drones and the Scott County Helicopter Aviation Unit.

Haralson was last seen on Friday and left a voicemail saying she’d turned her ankle and was near water and a deer stand, according to the department. The department asked area residents to check deer cameras they might have and one did spot her Friday night, the department said, noting tracking dogs and drones were used during the weekend to search. The original area was 265 S. Ray’s Fork.
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