Detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the death of 19-year-old Marissa Copeland, who was found June 21 at Lakeland Resort in Aurora with a gunshot wound.
Marshall County Sheriff Eddie McGuire said because the investigation is ongoing he can't reveal much detail at this time, but did confirm a medical examiner conducted an autopsy early last week. He said there are a number of factors that will weigh in on the medical examiner's determination regarding official cause of death and he couldn't predict when that official determination might be made.
"Detectives Kevin Mighell and Jeff Peck are working around the clock to gather evidence, interview people who might be involved and provide closure for Miss Copeland's family," he said.
McGuire said investigators are trying to find out if foul play is involved in her death and noted Kentucky State Police and McCracken County Sheriff's Office are assisting with the investigation.
According to a post on social media by Copeland's grandmother, Copeland was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Copland had also posted ultrasound pictures on her social media account, which indicate she was approximately 12 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident.
McGuire said the 911 call came in around 2:15 p.m. June 21 and the caller reported having found a young, pregnant woman with a gunshot wound.
Copeland's boyfriend, Blake A. Williams, 25, of Dexter was arrested on the evening of June 21 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia buy/possess. According to the citation, a search warrant for a room at the Lakeland Resort in Aurora was obtained during the investigation of the shooting incident. While conducting that search warrant, officers located a bag containing a white powder residue which field tested positive for methamphetamine, several glass pipes with similar residue and a set of digital scales, which the officer noted indicates possible narcotics use/distribution.
McGuire said when officers responded to the scene, they observed items which gave them probable cause and after obtaining a search warrant, returned at approximately 6 p.m. According to the citation, Williams was arrested at 9:13 p.m. the same evening and taken to the Marshall County Detention Center.
Williams was bailed out by his father on June 24 with a $7,500 security bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 10 in Marshall District Court.
McGuire also made mention of a rumor floating around social media of a "serial killer" because there was also a shooting on June 19 in Mayfield, which resulted in the death of a young woman. He said there is no reason to believe the incident in Aurora is connected.