The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a visitor to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

Sheriff John Hunt and Sgt. Kevin Shepherd report that the department is investigating the death of Trent Faulkner, 24, of Stanton, who was found unresponsive on a sidewalk outside of the May Lodge. Hunt said the incident occurred sometime before 11 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4.

“He was a guest at the lodge, staying overnight. I think he was here for some training. He attended Dewey’s Bar. That may not have anything to do with it, but he did collapse out on the sidewalk,” Hunt said. 

He reported that Faulkner was transported to Highlands ARH, where he was pronounced dead.

Shepherd said Jenny Wiley State Resort park rangers had received a call about the incident.

“They received a call about a male subject that may have been drinking too much at the bar and was attempting to walk back to the cabin that he had rented that night,” Shepherd said. 

Hunt said the autopsy is pending. He said Faulkner had no external injuries.

“We suspect alcohol to be, obviously, a player in his death. We don’t know if it’s the cause of death, but we do suspect that alcohol could have something to do it,” Hunt said. 

He said park rangers did the initial investigation and upon realizing the death had been confirmed at the hospital, they called the sheriff’s department for assistance.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Manager Julian Slone would not comment. Kentucky State Parks Information Officer Gil Lawson did not return an email seeking comment prior to print deadline.

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