Questions abound in death of local educator

Vicki Tidwell found dead in hotel in London

By Brad Bowman, Published:

A pending investigation leaves unanswered questions in the death of local educator Vicki Tidwell who was found dead Sunday at a hotel in London. 

At approximately 11 a.m. Sunday, London police received a call from the Days Inn Hotel at 207 Russell Dyche Memorial Highway in Laurel County after hotel workers discovered her body. 

“The investigation is still pending so we can’t say for certain the cause of death,” said Detective Joe Smith of the London Police Department who is heading up the investigation.

“We found her body on the bed and she checked into the hotel alone. She had initially been reported as missing Friday to Kentucky State Police.”

KSP Post 11 serves the area and is based in London.

A Days Inn Hotel employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said Tidwell checked in the hotel Friday in good spirits and booked a room for two days. The employee told The State Journal Tidwell asked to not be disturbed and that she was working on book. 

Tidwell, 52, was featured in a story in Friday’s State Journal as the extension and research associate on Kentucky State University’s research boat, the Kentucky River Thorobred. Tidwell has taught science in the Franklin County Public School and Frankfort Independent School districts although it was unclear if she is currently teaching in either of the school systems. 

Kentucky State University spokeswoman Blair Hess wrote in an email that the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems has no comment on Tidwell’s death at this time. The dean of the college asks that the public and the media respect the privacy of the Tidwell family as they grieve together.

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