HAZARD, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky State Police at the Hazard Post announced Wednesday they believe a pack of dogs was responsible for the death of a Knott County teenager earlier this year.
Troopers responded to a residence on Montgomery Creek Road in the Emmalena community on Feb. 19, after the KSP received a call shortly after 6 p.m. advising of a possible animal attack on a child. Officers and personnel with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, Lifeguard Ambulance, and Ball Creek Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, the troopers and first responders were led up a mountainside behind a residence, where they found a 13-year-old male subject who appeared to have been fatally injured. He was later identified as Corey Joseph Godsey. Knott County Coroner Corey Watson responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased from suspected injuries associated with an animal attack.
An autopsy was performed on Godsey’s remains at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, where the cause of death was confirmed to be from injuries consistent with an animal attack. At the time, however, a specific animal identification was not determined.
With the assistance of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers, KSP detectives were able to utilize wildlife cameras and equipment to locate a pack of dogs on an old mine site near the area the victim’s body was found.
The dogs were taken to the Kentucky River Animal Shelter, where DNA specimens collected from them were compared to evidence found on the victim. The laboratory comparisons indicated that specimens from several of the dogs matched those found on the victim.
This incident remains under investigation by Detective Robert Dials with the Kentucky State Police Hazard Post.