Clifford Jermaine Caudill, 38, of Neon, and Dedra Keathley, 41, of Joes Creek in Pike County are charged with the murder of Ricky Gibson of Neon, and with tampering with evidence for allegedly dumping the body.
A partially decomposed body identified as Gibson’s was found on a strip mine at the top of Haymond Hill off KY 805 this morning.
Detectives and troopers with the Kentucky State Police had been investigating the case as a missing person for several days, but arrested Caudill and Keathley overnight after Caudill told them during questioning Wednesday night at the Hazard State Police Post that Gibson had been killed and his body disposed of, police said.
According to police, Caudill, of 27 Welch Hollow, told them that an altercation occurred inside the bathroom at that address with Gibson and two other people. The citation says that during the altercation, Gibson was shot and killed. Caudill and the other two people transported his body to the strip mine at Haymond Hill to hide it.
Another citation says that Keathley was uncoopertive and denied any involvement.
Another person is also believed to be involved in disposal of the body, which had apparently been on the mine site for several days. It is being sent to Frankfort of autopsy. Police have not released the date or time of death.
Watch for the complete story in next week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle.