Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 8, 2013

Arrest made in ‘Nemo’ murder

MOREHEAD — Four days after the second anniversary of Paul Dillon “Nemo” Bryant’s body being found in an Elliott County farm pond, Kentucky State Police have made an arrest in his murder.

Kyle S. Holbrook, 20, of Olive Hill, was arrested Monday on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the slaying of Bryant, 19, also of Olive Hill, according to a news release from the Morehead KSP.

The  arrest was the result of an indictment returned Monday by an Elliott County grand jury, the KSP said. Holbrook was served with the indictment warrant by Detective Toby Gardner, the lead investigator in the case, at the Rowan County Detention Center, where he was already in custody on unrelated drug charges.

Holbrook was arrested recently by the Morehead Police Department on a charge of drug trafficking within 1,000 yards of school, said Trooper Joe Veeneman, a spokesman for the Morehead KSP said.

Veeneman said he had no additional details to release about Holbrook’s arrest, including how investigators were able to connect him with Bryant’s murder.

Bryant, a 2010 graduate of West Carter High School with a 4.0 grade-point average and a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, went missing on Feb. 28, 2011. His disappearance prompted an intense search and an outpouring of community support, including prayer vigils and a fundraiser that brought in $3,500 in reward money for anyone who could provide information on his whereabouts. After his body was found, the family posted the same reward for anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of Bryant’s killer or killers.

The day after the April 3, 2011, reward fund benefit event at West Carter High School, the KSP responded to a farm pond along Ky. 1620 in Elliott County after receiving a report of a body being discovered there by the property owner. The body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, where it was positively identified as Bryant’s.

Bryant was shot and his body dumped in the pond, the KSP said.

Bryant’s aunt, Pam Carroll — with whom Bryant lived and who spearheaded efforts to locate her nephew during the time he was missing — was killed in a traffic accident on Ky. 2 just outside Olive Hill in September.

Bryant was one of two young Olive Hill men who went missing within a roughly five-month span and were later found dead. The remains of the other, Nathan Barker, 20, were found in October in a remote area near Grayson Lake, about two miles from where his car was found after he disappeared in July 2011.

Barker’s death remains under investigation. Authorities haven’t revealed how he died.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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