Woman found dead identified

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28-year-old found dead Sunday after search and rescue effort was assembled

By Marty Finley

The identity of a Nelson County woman found dead Sunday afternoon in LaRue County after a lengthy search and rescue effort has been released.

LaRue County Deputy Coroner Brad Turner identified the woman as Valerie Holt, 28, of New Haven, after her family was notified of her death.

Turner said Holt’s body was transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and he expected results late Monday or first thing this morning. The cause of death still was unknown pending the autopsy results, Turner said.

The search and rescue effort ended Sunday afternoon in LaRue County when emergency personnel found Holt’s body.

LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Sadler said Holt was riding a four-wheeler with a man at Otter Creek near Wayne Ennis Road when they lost control in a flash flood. The water swept the four-wheeler away, he said, and Holt disappeared. The man was not injured, Sadler said, and his identity was not released.

Emergency responders were contacted at 11:57 p.m. Saturday, Sadler said. Buffalo Fire Department led the search with assistance from LaRue County Fire Department, Magnolia Fire Department and search and rescue teams from Nelson and Taylor counties. According to Sadler, 55 members participated in the search.

Holt’s body was released to Joseph L. Greenwell Funeral Home in New Haven, which is in charge of funeral arrangements.