State police are continuing the investigation into the death of Timothy L. Castle, 27, of Prestonsburg.
“The fact of it is right now the case is ongoing and, as for the exact cause of death, we have to wait on word from the state medical examiner,” said KSP Post 9 Spokesman Mike Goble. “The evidence they found at the scene is why foul play has not been ruled out at this time and why it could possibly be a homicide.”
According to Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby, the wounds found during the initial recovery of Castle’s body showed signs of strangulation.
“To our knowledge, he (Castle) was strangled,” Frisby said Tuesday.
A final word on this particular aspect of the case will be determined following a look at the body by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, Goble said.
“The way the body was found, it’s a situational circumstance,” continued Goble. “At least one person was at the scene, maybe two more, but we don’t want to make assumptions as to what might or might not have happened. It hasn’t been determined if they’re witnesses or possible suspects.”
The case remains under investigation by KSP Det. Ben Cramer and Det. Billy Hall.