Hanged Census Worker Was Naked, Bound: Witness

Kentucky assailants used duct tape, gagged Bill Sparkman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2009 8:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – A part-time US Census worker found hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery was naked, gagged and had his hands and feet bound with duct tape, said an Ohio man who discovered the body two weeks ago. "The only thing he had on was a pair of socks," Jerry Weaver said of 51-year-old Bill Sparkman. "And they had duct-taped his hands, his wrists. He had duct tape over his eyes, and they gagged him with a red rag or something.

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"And they even had duct tape around his neck. And they had like his identification tag on his neck. They had it duct-taped to the side of his neck, on the right side, almost on his right shoulder." A state police official would not confirm Weaver's description, but two people briefed on the investigation said various details of Weaver's account matched details of the crime scene. (Read more Bill Sparkman stories.)

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