Cadiz, KY. (September 17, 2020) – Kentucky State Police detectives responded early Thursday morning to a report of a residential structure fire on Will Jackson Road in Cadiz. Kentucky State Police, Post 1 dispatch was notified by Trigg County dispatch around 1:20 a.m. after a motorist reported the residence was fully engulfed. Cadiz and Trigg-Lyon County fire departments responded to the scene. After the fire was extinguished, a deceased body was located and removed by the Trigg County Coroner. An autopsy has been scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Friday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, Kentucky.
A state fire marshal from Bowling Green has met with detectives at the scene and has ruled the cause of the fire “undetermined.”
An autopsy was conducted on a body that was located in a residence after a fire in Cadiz early Thursday morning. The body has been identified as Thelma N. Barnett, 81 of Cadiz. According to the medical examiner, Barnett died as a result of foul play and it is believed the residence was intentionally set on fire after Barnett died.
The investigation is ongoing at this time by Detective Cory Jessup. Kentucky State Police were assisted on scene by Trigg-Lyon Fire Department, Cadiz Fire Department, Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, Trigg County EMS, Trigg County Coroner’s Office, and Trigg County Rescue Squad.