Published May 07, 2012
Homicide detectives investigating a suspected murder at Churchill Downs just hours after the Kentucky Derby said they have no suspects, but stressed the death had nothing to do with the iconic horse race.
Louisville Police Lt. Barry Wilkerson said Monday investigators are asking witnesses to come forward with information in the death of 48-year-old Adan Fabian Perez. Perez's body was found Sunday morning in a barn on the track's backside.
Wilkerson said there were several altercations in that area of Churchill Downs on Saturday night, and police are trying to determine if Perez's death is connected.
He said he's hoping witnesses come forward who might have information on what happened to Perez. His body was found in the back portion of Barn No. 8, just a few barns away from where Derby winner I'll Have Another was stabled.
Alicia Smiley, spokeswoman for Louisville Metro Police, said Sunday that the victim "did sustain injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in some type of altercation."
"Our investigation is ongoing as to why he would have specifically been at this location," Smiley said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.