Police are investigating the Saturday, Jan. 13 death of a Big Clifty woman.

28-year-old Jessika R. Hansford, of Big Clifty, passed away Saturday in the midst of the snow storm.

Grayson County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) Sheriff Norman Chaffins said that, at approximately 7:43 a.m., a state road department worker stopped to assist a motorist stuck in the ditch on Lone Hill Road in Falls of Rough, and, when she did not respond to the worker's questions to see if she needed help, he called 9-1-1.

According to Deputy Grayson County Coroner Howard Tomes, Hansford had run off the road during the early morning hours on Jan. 13.

Chaffins said Hansford's 8-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time, but he was unharmed and taken to a safe place while EMS responded to the scene.

According to Chaffins, when first responders arrived on the scene, they made a request to Grayson County Central Dispatch to send a coroner.

Chaffins said a request was also made to call the Cabinet for Families and Children to assist the child who was found with his deceased mother.

According to Chaffins, GCSO Deputy Taylor Logsdon found "a used needle in the passenger seat and a loaded hypodermic needle in Hansford's hand," when he arrived to investigate the scene.

Chaffins said the needles will be sent to the lab for examination.

Hansford's body was transported to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, Tomes said.

According to Chaffins, there has been some speculation that other people were in the vehicle at some point during the night. He said those leads will be investigated.

"This investigation is ongoing and will be turned over to Grayson County Sheriff's Detective Dennis Dvorjak," Chaffins said.

The GCSO was assisted by Falls of Rough Fire Department, Grayson County EMS, and members of the KY State Road Department.