Update: Search for Pike County murder suspect nears 5th month

Published: Jul. 7, 2019 at 9:35 AM EDT
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Update November 15

The search for a Pike County murder suspect is nearing its 5th month.

Police started their search for Charles Ray Blevins in July. Investigators believe Blevins killed Adrian Smith in a park.

Blevins is from Williamson.

Updated July 16

Kentucky State Police have an arrest warrant Tuesday for a man accused of murdering another man in South Williamson.

Troopers are searching for Charles Ray Blevins, 37, of Williamson, West Virginia.

"The warrant is for murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon," said KSP Trooper William Petry.

Adrian Smith, 44, from Cleveland, West Virginia, was found shot to death in the South Williamson park area on July 6th.

Police believe Blevins is dangerous because he may still have the gun used in the shooting. "As far as we know, he still had it when he left the scene," Petry pointed out.

Anyone in contact with Blevins is "urged to use extreme caution", police said.

"Well, if someone has already committed the act, they may be willing to hurt someone to get free," explained Petry.

If you have any information, please call Kentucky State Police at 606-433-7711 or call 911. You may remain anonymous.

Updated July 8

Kentucky State Police identified the man found shot to death in South Williamson.

Adrian Smith, 44, from Cleveland, West Virginia, was found dead in the city park area near the flood wall.

Police have not made an arrest but said they expect to charge someone in the next few days.

Anyone with information about the case can call 606-433-7711 and remain anonymous.

Original Story, July 7

Kentucky State Police are investigating a murder in the South Williamson community.

Police say the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Saturday night.

"There was a girl circling around out there screaming and a hollering, 'he's killed, he's dead, he's dead'," said Lonnie Ellis, who lives in the neighborhood.

Troopers and detectives responded to the scene and found one person shot in the city park area near the flood wall.

"He was laying between the second and third post back this way," Ellis added.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner's office. The name has not been released.

Ellis says he is more afraid now that a murder happened just 100 feet from his home than he was when he served in the Vietnam War.

"It's dangerous to even walk outside your door sometimes cause you don't know what will happen," explained Ellis.

No arrests have been made at this time and police have not named any suspects. We will continue to update this story as the investigation continues.

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