Michael Dean Begley Jr. was released from the Fayette County jail just four days before he was found dead alongside Taylor Road in eastern Boyle County.
Begley’s body was discovered Friday morning. Boyle County deputies responded to a report of a body discovered by a driver just off Taylor Road at 7:20 a.m. Dressed in blue jeans and a red hooded sweatshirt, Begley was not carrying any identification and no one who gathered at the scene recognized him, police said.
The body was first taken to the morgue at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. It was later transported to Frankfort where an autopsy was performed and fingerprinting was used to find an identity. Trooper Paul Blanton said authorities notified Begley’s mother, who lives in Richmond, shortly afterward.
Begley had been charged with fourth-degree domestic assault, said Jennifer Taylor, public information officer for the Fayette County Department of Corrections, and he had been released from his third incarceration this year.Taylor said Begley was incarcerated in Lexington from Feb. 22 to 24 this year on a charge of menacing; from June 19 to June 21 for fourth-degree assault and terroristic threatening; and from Oct. 23 to Nov. 21 for fourth-degree assault. Taylor had no information regarding the alleged victim(s) in the charges.