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Williamson police officer charged with DUI found dead in KY

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A police officer who was charged with driving under the influence has died, according to Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel.

Mingo County officials confirm that Williamson police officer Jefferson Taylor III, 27, was discovered dead on Monday.

Taylor's body was found near Hardy in Pike County, Ky., where his mother is believed to live, according to sources within the West Virginia State Police.

The Kentucky State Police Dept. is handling the investigation at this time. 

Rockel said he cannot comment on the cause of death at this time.

"We're hurt another one of our officers has passed," Rockel said.

Taylor was suspended without pay after Kentucky State Police charged him with driving under the influence.

Jefferson Taylor III, 27, was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after troopers in Pike County, Kentucky said he crashed his cruiser last week, according to court documents.

Rockel said his department was conducting an internal investigation into the DUI incident, which will coincide with the Kentucky State Police investigation.