Body found at Kentucky Derby track
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky coroner has identified the body of a man found in the stable area of Churchill Downs hours after the Kentucky Derby as a race track worker.
Jo-Ann Farmer of the Jefferson County coroner's office on Sunday identified the victim as 48-year old Adan Fabian Perez, a Guatemala native. Farmer said he was identified by his 19-year-old son, who also works at the track.
Louisville Metro Police say the death is being investigated as a homicide.
Perez' body was found in a barn but authorities say there appears to be no connection to the track.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
About a week after last year's Derby, jockey Michael Baze's body was found in a vehicle near the stables. His death was ruled an accidental drug overdose.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police say a body has been found in thevbackside area at Churchill Downs, a few barns away from where Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another is kept.
Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says authorities were called early Sunday morning to a barn on the backside of the track where the derby took place the night before.
Smiley says police are conducting a death investigation, and a coroner had been called to the scene. She says the body is believed to be a man.
The investigation is under way at barn eight, just four barns away from where I'll Have Another is kept. About a week after the Kentucky Derby last year, jockey Michael Baze's body was found in a vehicle near the stables at the famed Louisville track. His death was ruled an accidental overdose.