Trooper Shane Jacobs
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 10, Harlan
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Two Arrest Made in Murder Investigation
Date of News Release: 07/30/2013
(Harlan, Ky.) -- Two arrests were made on July 30, 2013 in connection to the murder of James Feltner. During July, 2011 Lynch, KY resident, James Feltner, was reported missing by family members. Feltner's body was discovered in the Blair Community of Harlan County approximately one week after being reported missing. The arrest comes after a two year investigation by Kentucky State Police Post 10, Harlan units.
Evidence was presented to a Harlan County grand jury on Monday who voted in favor of charging Thomas Polson and Carl Justin Simpson, both of Cumberland, KY for their involvement of James Feltners murder. Polson has been arrested on charges of Murder, Robbery 1st degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Simpson has been arrested on charges of Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Both have been lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
Original News Releases Below:
Update to the Harlan County Death Investigation
Date of News Release: 07/28/2011
(Harlan, Ky.) -- On July 27, 2011 The State Medical Examiners Office positively identified the human remains located on July 25, 2011 in the Blair community as being James Feltner. Due to findings by the State Medical Examiner's Office the investigation is now being deemed as a Murder. The Kentucky State Police are requesting information pertaining to a weapon that may be involved in the murder of James Feltner. The weapon, an AR-15 type rifle, is black with a stainless steel barrel. The weapon may be located somewhere in the Cumberland area. The weapon was likely sold/traded or disposed on or after July 15, 2011. Above is a picture of the victim holding the weapon that was possibly involved. Anyone with information regarding the death of James Feltner, contact Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131. Det. Kenny Abner is in charge of the investigation.
Harlan County Death Investigation
Date of News Release: 07/26/2011
(Blair, Ky.) -- On July 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm Post 10 received a 911 call that human remains were discovered by atv riders on an abandon strip mine site in the Blair community of Harlan County. The human remains were located approximately 1 1/2 miles off the roadway. At this time State Police are unable to identify the subject. The human remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Kentucky State Police Det. Edward Abner is in charge of the investigation. Also assisting at the scene were Post 10 Detectives, Troopers, Lynch Police Department, Benham Police Department and the Harlan County Coroner's Office.