Bill Baker

Bill Baker

At 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Bell County Dispatch received a call in regard to the discovery of a body in the Page Cutoff community. The body was discovered as an individual was in a wooded area looking for deer sheds.

Responding to the scene was K-9 Deputy Adam Southern, Chief Deputy Doug Jordan, and Kentucky State Police Troopers, Sgt. Jason Partin, Josh Messer, and George Howard.

After deputies were told of the general area of the body, Bell County Rescue Squad was requested to assist with recovery approximately a mile and a half from the location of the caller, up a mountainside.

Once the body was recovered and Bell County Coroner Jay Steele arrived on scene, positive identification was made and family was contacted.

The individual was identified as missing man 86-year-old Bill Baker of Claiborne County, Tennessee.  Baker had been missing since February 16th and was said to have last been seen in Pineville on February 17th.

An autopsy has been ordered and the findings will be turned over to Bell County Deputy Adam Southern who is in charge of the investigation.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Department is working in conjunction with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department in regard to this missing person case.

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