Local/Regional News
4:28 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Coroner Confirms Remains Found In Ky. River As Alex Johnson

The body of a UK chef who disappeared from his Lexington home last month was found in four feet of water in the Kentucky River.

Alex Johnson had worked as a chef at UK's Hilary Boone Center prior to his disappearance last month. His body was discovered in a barrel in the Ky. River over the weekend
Credit dreamindemon.com

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said at a news conference Saturday that Alex Johnson's body was in a 55-gallon blue barrel near the shore, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.  The coroner's office was called Friday morning about the barrel, and Ginn confirmed human remains were inside that afternoon.

Johnson had been missing since Dec. 20 when he ended a phone call with his girlfriend by saying he needed to answer the door at his home.

The discovery of the body comes several days after police arrested a man in Texas who was wanted on a murder charge in the case. Another man faces a charge of complicity to kidnapping.