Hazard, Ky.(October 8, 2020) – On October 7, 2020, detectives with Kentucky State Police Post 13 and DESI/East served indictment warrants on two people in relation to a 2018 missing person case.
After a lengthy two year investigation into the disappearance of Tyler North, indictment warrants were returned by the Leslie County Grand Jury. On October 7, 2020, former wife of Tyler North, Lena Michelle Collet North, 27, and former Leslie County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Lewis, 35, both of Manchester, were arrested and charged with murder.
Jeremy Lewis and Lena Michelle Collet North were lodged at the Leslie County Jail. This case remains under investigation by Det. Vicki Day and Det. Clayton Stam per.
Original News Release below:
Hazard, Ky. (July 18, 2018) – As the search for a Leslie County man continues, investigators with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard are asking for assistance from the public in locating Tyler North. Family members reported North missing to KSP on Monday, June 25. He was last seen at around 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 near the Cawood Recreation Area off of KY 421 near the Leslie and Harlan County line. Tyler North’s truck was discovered on a strip mine road off of KY 1850 on the Leslie and Clay County line on July 1. The truck was burned, but North was not located.
Tyler North is described as a white male who is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds. He has blue eyes, short brown hair, a goatee, and his right arm has full sleeve tattoos. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue and white shorts, red and black shoes and a camouflage hat.
Troopers and Detectives have followed up on several tips they have received, and encourage the reporting of any information, regardless of how minimal it may seem. Anyone with information is urged to call KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069, or by contacting any of the KSP social media sites, public web page (KSP.org) or the KSP mobile app. Trooper Randall Coots with KSP Post 13 is leading this investigation with assistance from Det. Vicki Day.