Manigrove’s body was found off the Dixie Highway, the main link between Fort Knox and Louisville, Kentucky, 30 miles away. Initially, police thought he had been struck by a car or truck. But the coroner’s office found that he was run over after he died. His outward physical injuries were postmortem.
“A heavy vehicle, probably a truck, hit him and broke a lot of his bones and organs,” the coroner said, “ but his blood had already pooled and all his organs were smashed to jelly. This guy wasn’t road kill.” The coroner also was certain the captain had not suffered a stroke or heart attack. “He was in his early 40s and in pretty good health,” he told State Police Detective Sergeant Mike Theiss. “He also has burn marks on his neck and face, and all his fingers are crushed. Odd. I should have a better idea of what killed him when I complete my autopsy. All I can say now is that his death was, well, peculiar.”
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