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Murder Investigation in Menifee County - Menifee County Man Arrested

Date of News Release: 04/19/2017

Frenchburg, Ky. (April 19, 2017) – On Tuesday April 18th 2017 at 11:52 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received information about a deceased female near Old State Road in Menifee County. Trooper Jason Brown and Detective Nathan Shortridge responded to the scene along with the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, the body of Mariah Prater, age 18, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., was located in a ditch off the roadway. Shortly after, Austin Prater, age 20, of Frenchburg, was taken into custody by KSP and charged with Murder. Mr. Prater is lodged at the Montgomery County Jail. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Nathan Shortridge.