Ex-Princeton man believed homeless found under bridge


The body of a homeless man whose last known address was Princeton was discovered Monday under a bridge in Hopkinsville.

Christian County Coroner Scott Daniel said Rod Lady, 44, was pronounced dead where his body was found under the CSX railroad bridge at East 18th and Campbell streets. The coroner said Lady had not been hit by a train and his body may have been lying at the location for three or four days before it was discovered.

An autopsy showed the death was due to a medical condition. Temperatures had not been cold enough for exposure to be the cause, Daniel said, and foul play was not a factor.

"It was logged that Mr. Lady had medical issues and hadn't taken certain meds in awhile," Hopkinsville Police Department spokesman Mike Atkins said. "Still, the outcome was natural causes."

According to Lady's obituary with Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home in Hopkinsville, he had been a construction worker and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Princeton. He is survived by three brothers who live in Princeton and three stepchildren in Hopkinsville and Cadiz.

He was buried Friday at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Caldwell County.