"East Side Raised Me”: Laurel County Authorities Seek to Identify Dead Man

UPDATE: The body found on Sinking Creek Road on August 23 has been identified as Regginald Dawayne Johnson (20) of Lexington. Johnson was originally from Detroit. Johnson’s body was found by a passerby. He had been shot multiple times.

Anyone with information about the murder of Mr. Johnson should contact Lt. Chris Edwards at 606-864-6600, Laurel County Dispatch at 606-878-7000 or message the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Original Story

The body of an African American man was found off Sinking Creek Road in Laurel County on Sunday. The man’s identity is not yet known. He was shot several times.

The man, 22 to 30 years old, stood approximately six feet tall and had a slim build. The words ”East Side” were tattooed inside his right bicep and “Raised Me” were inside the left bicep. No other identifying marks or information is available at the time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this man or his murder are asked to call Lieutenant Chris Edwards and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office in London, KY – 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000. The Sheriff’s Department also accepts emails at or via Facebook messages.

On Monday, a passerby spotted the body at approximately 4:43 p.m. in a wooded area off Sinking Creek Road. He had apparently been shot several times. The location is about 14 miles west of London.

An autopsy has been scheduled for this morning at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Frankfort.

This murder follows a road rage incident in June on Highway 80 that left Timoty Preston Miller, 59, from London dead and Brian Keith Eldridge, 46, in prison on murder charges. The two men had apparently been racing down the highway and were acquaintances.

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