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Arrest made in Roaring Spring, KY Triple Homicide

Date of News Release: 10/18/2008

An image of Kevin Dunlap, click on his picture to enlarge in a new window(Roaring Spring, KY) - An arrest has been made in connection to the murder of 3 children at a Trigg County residence on Wednesday. State Police began investigating a suspicious fire on October 15th which quickly lead to a full scale triple murder investigation. For several days, investigators combed through debris at the crime scene and spoke with countless people in an attempt to find clues about who might have killed 3 children and severely injured an adult.

Investigator's tireless efforts lead to the development of a suspect late Friday evening. At around 9:00 pm on Friday evening, covert assets of the Kentucky State Police began conducting surveillance on the suspect and his home in Hopkinsville, KY. The surveillance continued through Saturday morning until the Kentucky State Police's Special Response Team was deployed to assist in safely detaining the suspect at his home. Search warrants were executed on the home and the suspects personal vehicle at this time. During the search, multiple pieces of evidence were collected by KSP which is believed to link the suspect to the crime scene in southern Trigg County.

Investigators have additional physical and testimonial evidence which has lead to the arrest of Kevin Dunlap, 35, of Hopkinsville, KY. Dunlap was charged at approximately 1:30 pm with the following charges:

  • Captial Murder (3 Counts)
  • Captial Kidnapping (4 Counts)
  • Rape 1st Degree
  • Attempted Murder
  • Burglary 1st Degree
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence (3 Counts)

Going forward, Kentucky State Police continues to methodically process various pieces of collected evidence. Additionally, the State Medical Examiner, Coroner's Office, and Fort Campbell 551st and 163rd MP companies continue to assist Kentucky State Police detectives with the meticulous hand processing of the crime scene. Devin Dunlap is lodged in the Christian County Jail where a bond has yet to be set.

Kentucky State Police wish to extend appreciation to the agencies which have assisted and continue to assist in this ongoing investigation. Those agencies include:

  • Trigg County Sheriff's Office
  • Cadiz Police Department
  • Christian County Sheriff's Office
  • Hopkinsville Police Department
  • Fort Campbell 551 and 163 MP companies
  • Fort Campbell Police Department
  • Kentucky State Fire Marshall
  • Kentucky State Medical Examiner
  • Trigg County Emergency Management
  • Trigg County Fire and Rescue
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives

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Date of News Release: 10/17/2008

(Roaring Spring, KY) - Kentucky State Police continue their investigation into the murder of 3 juveniles in a Trigg County home on Wednesday evening. The Fort Campbell Directorate of Emergency Services was requested by KSP to assist in the search for and collection of evidence at the expansive crime scene on Military Road. Two U.S. Army Military Police Companies from Ft. Campbell were sent to the scene. The 551st and the 163rd MP Company arrived at the scene during the afternoon and worked with KSP, State Fire Marshalls, and ATF throughout the day. Capt. Tara Stiles and Capt. Keith Shumate with the Fort Campbell Police Department also assisted in the operation. Although the military personnel have no role in the criminal investigation, they have training in evidence collection which helped law enforcement search for any evidence that might yield additional leads in the investigation. The evidence collection process will resume tomorrow with the same personnel being utilized. The criminal investigation continues by the Kentucky State Police.

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Date of News Release: 10/17/2008

(Roaring Spring, KY) - An autopsy was performed in Madisonville, KY today on Kortney and Ethan Frensley. The Medical Examiner ruled that both were a homicide. Our investigation continues at the scene.

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Date of News Release: 10/17/2008

(Roaring Spring, KY) - Kentucky State Police have released the names of the three children who died in Trigg County ednesday night. They are 17-year-old Kayla Williams, 14-year-old Kortney Frensley, and five-year-old Ethan Frensley, all of whom are siblings. The autopsies are being conducted today on both Kortney and Ethan. An update will be sent when autopsy results are released.

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Date of News Release: 10/16/2008

(Roaring Spring, KY) - On October 16th an autopsy was performed on one of the victims in Madisonville, KY. The Medical Examiner ruled that the death a homicide. Currently an autopsy is pending on the 2nd victim and recovery effects are underway for the third victim at the scene. Kentucky State Police are still withholding all names until family notification is completed. Troopers and Detectives will remain on the scene throughout the night.

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Date of News Release: 10/16/2008

(Roaring Spring, KY) - After further investigation, there have been a total of three people found deceased at the residence and another individual who was removed from the scene and transported for medical treatment whose condition is unknown at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and cause of death still has not been determined. At this time all names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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Date of News Release: 10/16/2008

(Roaring Spring, KY) - Kentucky State Police is currently conducting an investigation of a residential fire in the Roaring Springs community of Trigg County. At this time one injured person has been removed from the residence and one subject has been located deceased. Investigators are still on scene and further information will be released when it is available. At this time all names are being withheld due to notification of next of kin.

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