Family: Drug abuse is excuse, not explanation, for woman's death

Woman found dead in Bullitt County creek identified
Published: Feb. 20, 2015 at 4:46 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 7, 2015 at 12:13 AM EDT
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BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A woman found dead in a Bullitt County creek has been identified.

Bullitt County Deputy Coroner John Proffitt said Jennifer Pike, 30, was found in a small creek on Martin Hill Road in Shepherdsville.

Jennifer Pike's mother, Jill Allen, freely admits her daughter's struggle with addiction cost her custody of her children. But Allen's not buying that a relapse explains why her daughter would wind up dead in the creek behind her boyfriend's home of Martin Hill Road in Shepherdsville.

"She hates the cold," Allen said. "She's not gonna go out walking in the cold. And she's not gonna go play in the creek. That's for damn sure."

"The findings appear consistent with what her (Pike's) boyfriend told us," Bullitt County Sheriff's Captain Mike Murdoch said Friday. "He told us they were both using meth, and he told her if the police showed up, he'd run one way, and she'd run the other."

Pike's body was found at 6 p.m. Thursday, three days after her mother last heard from her, and two days after her boyfriend, whom she identified as Larry Huddleston, was treated at University Hospital in Louisville for hypothermia and exposure.

"At first, he (Huddleston) told me that he was trying to pull her out of the creek," Allen said. "Then he said 'but I turned around and she was gone.'"

"Some kind of incident happened with her that caused her to go inside the creek," Murdoch said. "There are some obstacles and signs to show that she may have slipped and fallen inside the creek."

Pike's boyfriend did not reveal her existence to medical personnel who treated him Tuesday, Murdoch said. Investigators have not been able to confirm who called Thursday, to suggest that Pike's body might be in the creek.

"Who goes out walking in this kind of weather and goes to the creek?" Huddleston's neighbor, Michele Townsend asked Thursday. She had not met Pike, nor known Huddleston had been seeing her she said.

"He (Huddleston) is probably the only one of our neighbors who doesn't associate," Townsend said. "We respect his privacy."

No one answered Huddleston's door Friday. A "No Trespassing" sign was visible above an empty carport.

"I want to know how she got in the water," Pike's mother said. "Whether she was dead before she hit the water or they don't know whether she drowned. They don't know whether she died of hypothermia."

"Unless some other information comes forward--everything points to it to being an accidental death," Murdoch said.

An autopsy was to be performed Friday. Investigators also are seeking hospital records from Huddleston's treatment Tuesday.

"We may not have those results for awhile," Murdoch said. "For now, it is an open investigation, but it is not a criminal investigation."

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