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Boone County Sheriff says two Petersburg men found Saturday likely died from hypothermia

NKyTribune staff

The Boone County Sheriff’s office has released details regarding two men who were found dead Saturday in Petersburg.

Obie Fugate

Obie Fugate, 72, and Roy Fugate, 67, are believed to have died from hypothermia.

According to a release, Boone County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 4900 block of Garrison Creek Road Saturday, following a call from a family member indicating the men were deceased.

The family member arrived at the property Saturday to drop of firewood and located the Fugate’s truck stuck in the mud and blocking a long gravel driveway that led to the residence.

The family member moved the truck, which was about half a mile from the residence, and began to drive up the driveway. Obie Fugate was located first, lying in the driveway, about one-third of a mile from the residence. 

Roy Fugate

Roy Fugate was found deceased on the front porch.

The time and date of death was not released, but deputies located receipts from McDonald’s and Dollar General dated January 29.

That is the last date family members had contact with the men.

The region experienced a cold snap during that time, with a high temperature of 25 degrees on January 29 and a low of -2, with wind chills well below that, on January 31.

Next of kin was notified and an autopsy was performed on both Obie and Roy Fugate, which indicated the preliminary  cause of death as hypothermia.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is still awaiting toxicology results before finalizing its report. 

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