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Police are investigating death of 18-year-old man at Cowan

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of an 18- year-old Nicholasville man who died in Letcher County almost two weeks ago.

Letcher County Deputy Coroner Wallace Bolling Jr. said he responded as a member of the Letcher Ambulance Service to a 911 emergency call around 1 p.m. on July 11 and found Justin Eugene Sturgill lying unresponsive on a couch at a home in Ran Day Hollow at Big Cowan.

Bolling said cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed on Sturgill from the time the ambulance left the home until it arrived at the emergency room of the Whitesburg hospital. Sturgill was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2 p.m.

Sturgill was involved in an accident earlier that morning, according to Bolling.

“Subjects on the scene said he fell out of the back of a pickup truck around 2 a.m.,” said Bolling. “They didn’t know if he was passed out or hurt.”

Blunt force injuries to the head is listed as the cause of death according to an autopsy done by Dr. Greg Davis, a medical examiner in Frankfort.

Tony Watts, the public affairs officer for KSP Post 13 in Hazard, said KSP does not issue press releases on death investigations.

Born in Whitesburg, Sturgill was a son of Marlene Cook Hall of Nicholasville and the late Silas Eugene Sturgill. He attended Macedonia Baptist Church in Keene.

He was a grandson of the late Silas and Juanita Sturgill and the late Bill Cook.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his stepfather, Jerry Hall, Nicholasville; a sister, Madison Hall, Nicholasville; his grandmothers, Connie Cook, Whitesburg, and Doris Hall, Lexington; a friend, Krischelle E. Richardson, Nicholasville.

Funeral services were held July 15 in Nicholasville.

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