Police say they are still searching for a Linefork man wanted for the murder of a man missing from Cumberland for eight months.
Derrick Logan Polly, 30, is one of four people that Cumberland Police have said were involved in the murder of Wilmer Jose Perez, 21, who has been missing since he left work at Sazon Mexican Restaurant in Cumberland on April 1.
Polly’s older brother, Fess O’Neill Polly, 42, of Cornetts Branch on Linefork, was arrested on December 18 and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with Perez’s disappearance. Fess Polly was also charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
According to a citation issued at the time of his arrest, Polly was in possession of brass knuckles at the time of his arrest, and charged under a warrant for failure to appear to answer multiple traffic violations.
Two women were arrested the next day in the Perez case. Amanda Eads Whitehead, 35, of Cumberland, and Destiny Adams Stamper, 19, of Cumberland, were arrested December 19, both on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Whitehead was also charged under a warrant with failure to appear in court in another matter.
Cumberland Police said during the summer that Perez left work about 10:30 p.m. to make the 10-minute walk to his home. Security cameras in the area showed he passed up his home and kept walking.
Police have long suspected foul play in Perez’s disappearance. The investigating officer said in May that police had evidence and witnesses leading them to believe Perez had been murdered. Law enforcement sources said police believe Perez either met someone or was abducted and taken to an abandoned building in downtown Cumberland, tortured and then killed. The sources say police have a witness who claims Perez’s body was brought to Letcher County, where it was disposed.
Police obtained a search warrant for a pond on a strip mine off KY 510 at Gilley last year, and a dive team searched a pond on a strip mine off KY 510 during the summer, but apparently found no body. It is not clear whether a body has since been located, but there has been no public announcement that Perez has been located either alive or dead.
Cumberland Police Chief Cody Williamson did not return repeated phone messages left with the Harlan dispatch center and an officer with the department.