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Cause of death unknown for 26-year-old Carrollton man

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By Sharon Graves

(Editor's note: The story published in the Oct. 15 issue of The News-Democrat incorrectly indicated that Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite and KSP Trooper Ryan Gosser said they suspect Tommy Jones Jr.'s death was drug-related. In fact, authorities are unsure of any cause of death. The tests ordered are required, Wilhoite said, when a young person with no prior history of medical history dies suddenly. We regret the error and will run a correction in the Oct. 22 issue.)

Kentucky State Police are investigating the Oct. 7 death of a Carrollton man who was at the home of a friend on Sycamore Circle.

Tommy Jones, 26, of Worthville, Ky., was at the home of former Carroll County High School classmate and friend Shawn Beverly at the time he died.

A 9-1-1 call was placed from Beverly’s house at 11:29 p.m. requesting an ambulance. Carroll County Emergency Medical Services and KSP Trooper Ryan Gosser were dispatched immediately; Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite, was dispatched to the scene at 11:42 p.m.

“There was no obvious explanation for the death of the 26 year-old, and a full toxicology screen has been ordered,” Wilhoite said. “It usually takes about three weeks to obtain the results.”

“No drugs were found in the home where Jones was found,” Gosser said.

District Court records indicate Jones was arrested in August and again in September on several traffic violations. Records showed no drug-related arrests for Jones in the past three years.

In 2005, however, Jones was arrested for driving under the influence and marijuana possession, along with several traffic violations. He pleaded guilty to the marijuana charge and to two traffic violations. Two other traffic violations were dismissed.

A 2000 graduate of CCHS, Jones worked for  Carrollton Office Supply.

Sharon Graves is staff writer for The News-Democrat. Contact her at sgraves@mycarrollnews.com.