Kentucky State Police Identify Homicide Victim from 1990 Cold Case


OWENSBORO, Ky. (April 19, 2024) – Troopers have made progress in identifying a victim from a 1990 cold case. On January 7, 1990, an unidentified male was found deceased in a wooded area off of Pleasant Valley Road in Philpot, KY (Daviess County). 

The unidentified male had been shot several times, beaten and was missing his hands and feet.  Attempts to identify the victim over the years have been unsuccessful.  Recently, with the assistance of the Trans Doe Task Force, the victim was identified through genealogy testing.  The male was identified as William Dennis Mathews (10-12-52) of Louisville, KY. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 16 at 270-826-3312.

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