Family identifies man found dead off South Park Road

Updated: Jan. 6, 2020 at 11:39 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - More questions than answers surround Louisville’s latest homicide after a body was found off the side of a highway Sunday.

The victim, a Hispanic man in his 20s, was found in a wooded area off South Park Road, Louisville Metro Police said. Outside of that, the department didn’t offer any other details. Investigators have not said how they believe the victim died.

WAVE 3 News was able to talk to the victim’s family. They said his name was Juan Cuevas. He’d just celebrated his 23rd birthday.

“My brother wasn’t the best out there but he will be missed, loved and remembered,” Cuevas’s sister said.

Police got the call about the body just before 5 p.m. at the 3100 block of South Park Road. Police had to use a rope to scale down the embankment to where the victim was.

"It's close to home," Brittany Johnson said. "It's always scary."

Johnson lives near the wooded area where Cuevas's body was found. It's the same woods that's left her unnerved before.

"Especially, you know, trying to raise a family on this street, because this isn't the first one," she said.

Johnson was referring to the body of 55-year-old Jeffrey Kingdon. Kingdon was found five years ago, one block away from where Cuevas’s body was discovered Sunday. Kingdon’s body was found partially in a box.

Cuevas's sister gave WAVE 3 News a message to her brother's killer.

“To the person who did this to take my brother from my family and me,” she said. “I hope that they catch you.”

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous tipline at 574-LMPD.

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