Body of teenage girl found in Walton

By Dan Wells – email/bio

WALTON, KY (FOX19) -- Investigators in Boone County continue to search for answers this morning after a 15 year old girl was found dead Sunday morning, just footsteps away from her apartment.

"I came out to start my car and noticed her laying there and I wasn't real sure what had happened to her, I thought she had fallen and broken her leg and she was waiting on an ambulance" says a neighbor, Heather Byrd.

Unfortunately, that was not the case that 15 year old girl identified as Karen Kappelman was lying in the snow dead.

"It's unusual and we're going to treat it for lack of better way of putting it as a homicide and only that, because we are going to check out everything from A to Z" says Tom Scheben, Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Boone County Sheriffs' Deputies say the discovery was made around 10 a.m. at the Legends at Steeplechase Apartment Complex on Overland Ridge road.

"She was laying in the snow and the way she was laying was an awkward position and she only had on a spaghetti strap shirt and her jacket was up the hill and her blanket was laying next to her and her pants were partially off" says a neighbor, Heather Byrd.

"There was no trauma to the body that we could see" says Tom Scheben, Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies had much of the apartment complex secured for most of Sunday.

Police say they are aware that Karen Kappelman was with friends Saturday night.

"Now that we found out who she is as you can imagine we are just back tracking on a time line on where she has been and who she has been with" says Tom Scheben, Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's investigators will continue to collect evidence to determine her cause of death.

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