On Friday, April 12, officials with Kentucky State Police Post 13 announced that the body of an unidentified woman had been found in Perry County. This week, KSP said the woman has been identified. However, the case remains under investigation.
Post 13 Public Affairs Officer Trooper Jody Sims said that, at approximately 8:40 p.m. on April 11, a male caller contacted 911 advising that he was riding his ATV on a trail near Louis Cemetery Road in Viper when he discovered a female on the trail who appeared to be dead.
Trooper Charlie Moore responded to the scene in the Viper community and located the body on the ATV trail, Sims said. Post 13 detectives and the Perry County Coroner’s Office were also called to the scene, he said. Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeff Combs pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the female had an apparent gunshot wound to her body. Sims said, KSP officials suspect the gunshot contributed to the cause of death, but could not confirm that at this stage of the investigation.
Sims said no identifying information was located at the scene to allow for positive identification of the body and the body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy April 12.
Sims said KSP officials confirmed the identity of the woman to be Mary Napier, 32, of Vicco. No other updates are available and the investigation is still ongoing.
Sims said now that investigators know the identity of the woman, they hope to be able to form a timeline of the events leading up to Napier’s death, including where she was last seen and with whom she was last seen.
Anyone with information concerning the investigation is urged to contact KSP Post 13 at, (606) 435-6070. Information can also be shared at any of the Kentucky State Police social media sites or the KSP public web page, kentuckystatepolice.org.
Post 13 Det. Robbie Dials is leading the investigation.