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Estill County Grand Jury Indicted 4 on Murder, Tampering With Physical Evidence and Abuse of a Corpse

Date of News Release: 01/09/2006

(RICHMOND, KY) - Kathy Davis was last seen alive on December 12, 2004. Ms. Davis was a witness in a criminal investigation in Madison County, so foul play was a concern. A missing persons investigation was conducted by the Kentucky State Police, the Estill County Sheriff's Department, and the Irvine Police Department. Ms. Davis's remains were found on March 30, 2005 on Stevens Cemetary Road in Estill County. An autopsy was conducted by the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office and the cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound.

The investigation was changed to Murder. After many leads were followed, evidence was obtained through the joint investigation and presented to the Estill County Grand Jury.

The Estill County Grand Jury has indicted Phillip W. Estes, age 29 of Irvine, for Murder, Tampering With Physical Evidence, and Abuse of a Corpse

An image of Amos Ashcraft Amos Ashcraft age 39 of Irvine, for Tampering With Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse, and being a Persistant Felony Offender Second Degree.
An image of Clarence Davis Clarence Davis, age 61 AKA "Kojack" of Irvine for, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse.
An image of John Michael Maecacke John Michael Maecacke, age 37 of Irvine for, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse, and being a Persistant Felony Offender Second Degree.

John Michael Maecacke is currently incarcerated in Clark County, Georgia on felony charges. Phillip Estes is lodged in the Estill County Jail. Amos Ashcraft, and Clarence Davis remain free at this time. All of the indicted individuals have extensive and violent criminal backgrounds and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information on these individuals please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state), the Estill County Sheriff's Department at 606- 723-2323, or the Irvine Police Department at 606-723-2221.

This case remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police, the Estill County Sheriff's Department and the Irvine Police Department.

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