By Patrick Yost editor
Morgan County authorities responding to a welfare check request for a Sandy Creek Road resident welfare check found a man sitting in a vehicle deceased. According to reports, Coy Steven Ruark, 60, Madison was discovered by a deputy at 5:22 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 sitting in a 1996 Saturn outside his residence. Reports state that the front door to the residence was left open and that the vehicle was closed. According to reports, no foul play was suspected in the death and that friends had said they had seen Ruark on both Sunday and Monday and he appeared ill but refused requests to go to the hospital. A family member called authorities seeking a welfare check after not being able to contact Ruark for the past two weeks.