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Woman found lying in creek at Premium; Sheriff says case not related to Cowan beating

Police are still trying to determine what happened to a woman found hypothermic and unresponsive in a creek at Premium on Monday morning.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said his department is not releasing any information about the victim pending investigation.

A passerby called the sheriff ’s department directly about 10 a.m. Monday to report that a woman was lying in the creek at the head of Bee Tree Fork at Premium, a one-lane hollow that connects to Blair Branch at Jeremiah via an abandoned strip mine road.

Stines said when police and ambulance personnel arrived, the woman was suffering from severe hypothermia. She was taken to Whitesburg ARH Hospital emergency room, stabilized and then flown to Pikeville Medical Center.

Stines said the woman has been unable to talk to police, and it is not clear whether she came to be in the creek accidentally, or if she was assaulted and placed there.

Seeking to quell rumors, Stines said there is “no connection whatsoever” to a home invasion robbery at Cowan a week earlier that left a man unconscious and seriously injured. Kentucky State Police have charge of the other investigation.

Stines said the woman is in her late 40s or early 50s, and was believed to be from the Sergent area. He declined to release her name or other information until a deputy can talk to her and other possible witnesses.

“Body temperature is the big problem right now,” Stines said.

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