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Graves County corrections officer dies in candle factory collapse

Police are searching for Francisco Starks, 44, who was assigned work at the candle factory in Mayfield. He was rescued, treated at a hospital, then he walked away.

MAYFIELD, Ky. — A corrections officer with the Graves County jail was among those killed in the MCP Candle Factory collapse in Mayfield on Saturday. He was working with county inmates on work release, police said one of those inmates has escaped.

Robert Daniel was supervising inmates from the Graves County jail on work release at the candle factory in Mayfield which collapsed after a devastating tornado tore through the town.

The county jail confirmed Daniel's death in a press release sent to WHAS11 News. 

Also, police said one of the inmates working at the factory escaped.

Francisco Starks, 44, was assigned to work release at the MCP Candle Factory in Mayfield.

Starks was rescued from the debris and taken to Jackson Purchase Medical Center. State Trooper Sarah Burgess said that after he was treated, Starks was released and just walked away from the hospital.

Credit: Kentucky State Police

Troopers of KSP Post 1 were notified of the incident before 5:00 p.m.

Police said Starks was incarcerated at the Graves County Jail for the following offenses:

  • 3rd Degree Burglary,
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking of an Automobile, and
  • Receiving Stolen Property.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Starks is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police, Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.


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