Police are investigating the death of a 48-year-old stable worker named Adan Fabian Perez, a Guatemala native discovered in a barn at Churchill Downs one day after the racetrack hosted the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville Police Lt. Barry Wilkerson said Monday that while there are no suspects at this time, detectives are looking into several altercations that occurred at the track.
“We’re trying to sort through the situation itself, what occurred to Mr. Perez, it’s a situation where we kind of have to work backwards and that’s what we’re trying to do," Wilkerson said. "We know there were some altercations prior to, was he involved, we’re not sure and that’s what we’re trying to get individuals who saw those altercations or may know what happened, get those individuals to come in and speak to us and find out if he was involved or not."
Workers at Barn No. 8 discovered Perez’s body around 5 a.m. Sunday, and notified track security, who then called police, said police spokesman Robert Biven.
Biven also said the track's barn area is "like a mini city," with 48 barns, workers' dormitories and areas where trainers live. "It's a 24-hour operation," he said.
“The body was actually located in the barn itself. If you’re familiar with how they’re set up you have the stalls in the middle and the barn itself is a little bit larger and he was in the back portion of the barn," Wilkeron added. "So it was a situation where you knew he obviously wasn’t a natural place to be. They do sleep in the barns at time when it gets warmer; there are some sleeping areas where the go but this was obviously a situation where a body would not be unless something, suspicious nature took place."
Operations at the track will continue normally, and there’s no races scheduled for three days.
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