A Kentucky coroner resigned after a disturbing lawsuit alleges he left a dead man rotting in a hot van overnight, causing the body to decompose so much that funeral attendees became sick from the “pungent, putrid” smell. ” six days later.
Morgan County Coroner Raymond Vancleave is accused of keeping Nathan Peyton’s body in a sealed black bag instead of transporting Peyton to a freezer on a hot day in December 2022, according to a lawsuit obtained by Law & Crime Network, presented by man. property in Morgan Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Basill Peyton, the administrator of Nathan Peyton’s estate, said he found his “fun-loving” brother’s body in “good condition” when he discovered him dead on Dec. 30, 2022, after going to his home to see how was.
“I went and called 9-1-1, and it all starts from there. A nightmare,” Peyton told WKTY.
Vancleave was assigned the task of picking up Nathan’s body that day, but when he arrived at the funeral home days later, a major “problem” was revealed.
Raymond Vancleave is being sued for allegedly leaving Nathan Peyton’s body in his SUV overnight, causing it to quickly rot.WKYT
Basill Peyton is suing Vancleave and six other Morgan County, Kentucky, officials after his brother’s body was abused and deteriorated.WKYT
“Nathan Dean Peyton’s body was so decomposed due to mishandling by then-Morgan County Coroner Raymond Vancleave that the odor emanating from the body bag was acrid and putrid,” the lawsuit alleges.
The body had allegedly remained in Vancleave’s truck for more than a day after being picked up from the residence.
The coroner was unable to store the dead man in any local facility as his “privileges” were suspended for failing to “recover the bodies” in time before storing Nathan’s body in his vehicle overnight, the lawsuit alleges.
Vancleave allegedly mistreated Nathan Peyton’s body after he left it in the coroner’s van and failed to store it in a freezer after it was picked up.WKYT
The body then “rapidly decomposed” in Vancleave’s vehicle when he took it to the medical examiner’s office the next day for an “autopsy that was not requested by the family,” the lawsuit states.
The medical examiner allegedly noted that the body was “moderately decomposed,” but the lawsuit reveals that is far from the truth.
Peyton’s brother’s body was so badly decomposed due to the supposed abandonment of the corner that the family was forced to bury and say goodbye to Nathan with him “in the body bag” and in a closed casket due to “recklessness and negligence.” “. treatment of his corpse.”
Peyton is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for the alleged mishandling of Nathan’s body.WKYT
The “foul, acrid odor” coming from Nathan’s closed casket service was so intense that family, friends and “funeral home staff” vomited and became “sick” from the odor six days after his death, according to the lawsuit.
“People really got sick from the smell coming from the coffin,” he told WKTY.
Vancleave resigned from his coroner’s position after receiving notification that Peyton filed the allegations, according to the lawsuit.
“It’s not something you hold to a high standard like you would with a sheriff or a governor,” Peyton said.
“But they can affect your life more than you ever imagine.”
In addition to Vancleave, six other Morgan County officials were named in the lawsuit, including former Morgan County Judge-Executive John Stacy.
Peyton is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation for the alleged mishandling and treatment of her brother’s body.