Aurora's Handshy death under investigation by sheriff

Steve Chapman

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man who died on New Year’s Day.
According to a press release by Wes Coatney, Chief of the Aurora-Marionville Police Department, Steven Handshy, 34, was found near a tree stand by members of the department after they were called out to an address on East Highland near the Aurora Municipal Airport. At the time of the call, Coatney said, Handshy appeared to be suffering from “a possible medical emergency and hypothermia.” Handshy was found on land owned by his family.
According to the press release, Handshy was transported to Mercy Hospital, but despite the attempts of a “plethora of emergency personnel” to save his life, he died a few hours later. His death was reported to Scott Lakin, Lawrence County coroner, and an autopsy was completed on Monday, Jan. 3. At present, no foul play is suspected.
Because the location where Handshy was found was outside of Aurora city limits, the investigation into his death was turned over to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Chris Berry, of the LCSO’s Detective Division, said the results of Handshy’s autopsy had not been released as of press time. Berry also said it was not believed that Handshy was hunting at the time, even though he was found near a tree stand.
“(He was) just out walking in the woods,” he said.


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