Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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Murder Investigation in Owsley County
Date of News Release: 04/02/2007
(RICHMOND, KY) - On 4/02/2007 at 1340 hours, the Kentucky State Police Post 7, Richmond, responded to a shooting on KY 846 in Owsley County. Upon arrival of KSP units, one victim (Hans J. Fernchild) was found deceased with a gunshot wound. The alledged perpetrator had left the scene prior to arrival of law enforcement. Through investigation it was learned that the suspect, Danny Day, confronted the victim at the victim's barn. The suspect then assaulted the victim by striking him repeatedly with a shotgun. The suspect then threatened the victim's wife , at which time she left the scene. After leaving the scene, the victim's wife then heard a gunshot. She then drove her pickup to a neighbor's home to summon help. The suspect was last seen by the victim's wife walking west on KY 846. The Kentucky State Police and the Owsley County Sheriff's Department set up a perimeter at the suspect's home and checked several locations in the surrounding area for any signs of the suspect. KSP aircraft were also utilized in the search for the suspect. The suspect, Danny Day , age 54, is described as a white male, 5'6" in height, 160 lbs., with blue eyes and a full gray beard. He is slight of build with shoulder length gray hair. He is considered armed and dangerous. We currently have a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Danny Day is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) or contact Owsley County 911.