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Wild dogs killed Knott boy, officials determine

Wild dogs killed a 13-year-old boy whose body was found in Knott County in February, police say.

The body of Corey Godsey was found shortly before 6 p.m. on February 18 on a hillside near his home at Emmalena. Kentucky State Police Troopers responded to a residence after a 9-1-1 call was received shortly after 6 p.m. on February 18, reporting a possible animal attack on a child.

Upon arrival, troopers and first responders were led up a mountainside behind a residence, where they located Godsey, who appeared to be fatally wounded. Knott County Coroner Corey Watson pronounced the victim dead from suspected injuries associated with an animal attack.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort determined the cause of death was injuries consistent with an anima l attack, though a specific animal identification was not determined.

M. Trooper Jody Sims said this week that the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources assisted with the investigation by setting up cameras in the area, and then animal control workers set live traps to capture the dogs. A comparison of DNA found on the animals and on the body confirmed that three of the dogs captured were responsible for the attack that killed Godsey, Sims said.

Contrary to rumor, none of the dogs were domestic pets. Sims said all of the dogs that were caught were feral.

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