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Mother and Son Arrested in Pyles Murder

Date of News Release: 01/09/2013

(Campbellsville, KY) -- 25-year-old Derek Salyers and his mother, 58-year-old Ruth A. Salyers were arrested today at the Taylor County Jail on charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Hindering Prosecution. The Taylor County Sheriff's office executed indictment warrants returned on Monday, January 8, 2013 by the Taylor County Grand Jury in connection with the September 26th, 2012 murder of Wendall "Gleason" Pyles in Casey County. Both were lodged in the Taylor County Jail. Five arrests have now been made with additional arrests expected.

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KSP asking for Assistance in Death of Adair County Man

Date of News Release: 09/27/2012

(Liberty, KY.) -- Troopers and Detectives from Post 15 have been involved in a death investigation since Wednesday night, September 26th. KSP was notified at aproximately 10:04 PM EDT by the Casey County Dispatch that a body had been found at the Tarter Gate Company off of US 127 in Casey County. 50-year-old Wendell Pyles of Columbia was identified as the deceased and foul play is suspected. KSP is asking that if anyone saw any suspicious vehicles, persons or activity around 10:00 PM EDT in the vicinity of Tarter Gate on US 127 to please contact them at 1-800-222-5555. Callers may remain anonymous. The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released at a later time.

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