A cousin of the Mexican man whose body was found earlier this month in Elkhorn Creek said his remains could be shipped back to Mexico by the end of this week.
Gabriel Santamaria, 35, and his sister, who live in Greenville, S.C., say they are the only known relatives of Jorge Zamudio Flores in the United States. Flores, 29, was found dead by a fisherman in Scott County on Sept. 7, several days after he was reported missing. Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said the case was being investigated as a murder.
Santamaria said he has heard the cause of death was asphyxiation, though Scott County Coroner John Goble has not released key details of the death, citing the ongoing police investigation. Goble told The State Journal last week that Flores’ body showed no wounds from a knife or gunshots, but has since declined to elaborate.
Wanda Wilson, co-owner of the Georgetown funeral home Tucker, Yocum & Wilson, said her business was working with the family to have Jorge Zamudio Flores’ body cremated.
Wilson said it is simpler to transport cremated remains out of the United States. Goble said one of the complications is communication: He said Flores’ mother lives in a Mexican village with no phone.
Last Thursday Santamaria came to Frankfort, where Flores lived and worked as an overseer for tobacco workers on a farm off Owenton Road, and talked to those who worked with his cousin.
“They say he didn’t have enemies,” Santamaria said.
Hampton said, to his knowledge, Flores had no criminal record. The deputy investigating the case was unavailable for comment.