Owsley County Courier  Friday, December 1, 1939

WITT's Body Found Saturday

Beattyville, Nov. 30-
The body of Asbury WITT, 56, was found floating in the North Fork of the Kentucky River here Saturday morning by Mart TOLER of Beattyville.  TOLER discovered the body about one hundred yards from the spot where Jack LITTLE said he saw WITT struggling in the water on November 1.

WITT left his home in Beattyville on October 31  to go to the residence of John W. SNOWDEN, about three miles away, and never returned.  Officers and volunteers dragged the river in unsuccessful attempts to recover the body.  Shortly before the discovery of the body, a professional diver from Cincinnati searched the bottom of the river but was unable to locate the body.

An inquest was held Saturday afternoon by Coroner Robin RILEY at which time the jury declared that Asbury had met his death by drowning.  The verdict was rendered by the Coroner's jury following an examination of the body to determine wheter or not he had been murdered and then placed in the river.

The discovery of a cap bearing what appeared to be blood stains and identified as the one worn by the missing person when he left home, had led officers to believe that foul play had been committed.

Funeral services were conducted at the grave in the Proctor Cemetery at 11 o'clock Sunday morning by Rev. Leslie SMITH.  Congleton Bros., of Beattyville had charge of the arrangements.

Survivers include his widow, Mrs. Lucinda WITT, Beattyville, one sister, mrs. Rebecca WILLIS, Newport, and one step daughter, Mrs. Oral OAKS, Beattyville.


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