Girl’s body found near site of dad’s attempted suicide
Johnson County Sheriff’s FB page report
On August 11, 2022 at approximately 11:00, deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported assault in the Van Lear community of Johnson County.
Upon arrival, it was discovered that Mr. Stacy Collins suffered from what was believed to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. Paintsville EMS also responded and transported Mr. Collins to Highlands ARH Hospital.Extending from the initial investigation, deputies discovered that Mr. Collins’ 12 year old daughter was missing.
After exhausting numerous leads in an attempt to locate the juvenile, the JCSO in conjunction with Emergency Management Director Gary McClure began assembling search crews in an attempt to locate the juvenile.
The search was to initially concentrate in the area that Mr. Collins was found.
Sadly, with public assistance, the juvenile was soon located, but was deceased.
Remains were transported by the Johnson County Coroner’s Office to the Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort, KY.
Currently, no more information can be released. This case is being investigated by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.