Authorities are investigating the death of celebrated San Francisco journalist and radio host Ray Taliaferro, whose body was found in a wooded area of western Kentucky, near the Illinois border.
"This is a devastating ending to our search for him over these past weeks," wrote Raphael Taliaferro Jr., one of Taliaferro's three sons, on a GoFundMe page set up by the family. He said the family is working with police in Paducah, Kentucky, where he was found on Sunday afternoon, for more information on his disappearance and death.
Following an autopsy performed on Tuesday, Paducah police said there were no initial signs of foul play involved in Taliaferro's death, but noted the report had not been finalized.
“Preliminary autopsy results confirm Paducah police detectives’ initial findings that foul play is not indicated in the death of Ray Taliaferro,” the release said. “Exposure to the elements may have been a factor in the California man’s death.”
Taliaferro’s wife, who he married six months earlier, first reported his disappearance on Nov. 10 from Massac County, Illinois, where the couple had been visiting. A missing person flyer noted that Taliaferro "may be experiencing disorientation and signs of dementia."