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LMPD: Suspect identified in Fern Creek death investigation

Based on evidence testing, authorities say Christopher Dawes shot and killed Rebecca Richardson on Aug. 6.
Credit: Jake Cannon - WHAS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police Department's Homicide Unit, with the help of the Nelson County Sheriff's office, were able to close the case of a 26-year-old woman's death over the weekend.

Police say on Aug. 6, officers responded to a body found in the 8400 block of Ferndale Road in Fern Creek around 6:30 p.m.

The Jefferson County Coroner says Rebecca Richardson died from a gunshot wound.

Police say after discovering Richardson's body, detectives began looking into several possible suspects.

"On August 7, Nelson County Sheriff's Office responded to a suicide investigation of Christopher Dawes," a department spokesperson said.

According to LMPD, Nelson County Police found evidence in Dawes' possession that appeared to have been used in a homicide. 

Police did not give any specifics on that evidence.

"Through information sharing between departments, and having the retrieved evidence tested," the spokesperson said. "It was determined the evidence found by NCSO matched evidence located at Ms. Richardson's scene."

Based on this information, police concluded Richardson was killed by Dawes.

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