A body found in a pickup truck in the parking lot at Jackson Purchase Medical Center was identified by state medical examiners as that of Betty Kelsey, 61, Tuesday.
Kelsey was last seen driving a red 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck, according to Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark.
At approximately 4 p.m. Monday, Kentucky State Police found a vehicle matching the description and discovered a body inside and scheduled an autopsy for Tuesday in Madisonville.
Trooper Dean Patterson said a passerby reported something suspicious in the JPMC parking lot, but was not specific as to what they had seen. Patterson said the truck, which was confirmed as belonging to Kelsey, had tinted windows and was parked in an area that would have made it unlikely for anyone to notice it without being parked next to it.
Patterson said the time and location of Kelsey’s death had not been determined, and detectives were in Trigg County interviewing individuals who might have information that could assist the investigation Tuesday.
Patterson said information provided by the state medical examiner’s office after Kelsey’s autopsy has led KSP to conduct a criminal investigation.
“This was not a random act of violence,” Patterson said.
Kelsey’s husband Larry Kelsey reported at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 that he couldn’t locate his wife, and a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was put out nationwide, Clark said, adding that she was placed on the National Crime Information Center around the state and country with her description the next night.
On Sept. 2, Larry Kelsey said his wife had been talking about seeing a friend in Michigan, but went on to say that her friend hasn’t seen her, either.
Betty Kelsey had been depressed and was taking several medications but decided to quit some of them cold turkey, particularly Prozac, Larry Kelsey said.
Clark said Betty Kelsey left with only $80 in cash, and although she has diabetes, she didn’t take any of her medication with her.
“It’s been a mess,” Larry Kelsey said Tuesday afternoon in a phone interview with The Cadiz Record. “I’m going to have to take it one day at a time.”
Larry Kelsey said he intended to have Betty Kelsey’s remains cremated. Collier Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of funeral arrangements. No services had been scheduled at press time.
Anyone with information about the death of Betty Kelsey is asked to contact KSP at 270-856-3721 or 1-800-222-5555.
(Cadiz Record reporter Franklin Clark contributed to this story.)