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Arrest Made In Murder Investigation

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Police arrested a Hazard woman for the murder of an elderly man found dead in his Perry County home Friday.

Neighbors say Kenneth Clay was excited for his 71st birthday later this month, but he will never see that day Clay was found dead in his home Friday afternoon.

Police arrested one person early Saturday morning in connection with the murder, though the investigation continues.

Police are not releasing the cause of death but neighbors believe it was a brutal murder that should not have happened.

Police say the woman arrested knew Clay before the murder, but are unsure of their relationship.

“We arrested and charged with murder Tonya Henson who is 31 years of age from here in Hazard,” Trooper Tony Watts said.

Henson is being held in the Perry County Detention Center in connection with the tragic death.

“We received a call Friday from someone in the community that we may possibly have an elderly subject deceased in the Wabaco community of Perry County,” Trooper Watts said.

A neighbor who frequently does Clay's laundry or takes him shopping noticed something was not right Friday.

“I called him a few times, no response. Then I come over to pay him 20 bucks that I owed him and his door was locked and shut and he gets up at 7 in the morning and his doors are wide open because he doesn't have air conditioning,” Clay’s neighbor Leslie said.

Leslie says she called Clay's son who lives nearby. She says he borrowed a ladder and climbed into a window, then returned after finding his father dead in his bedroom.

Neighbors say Clay was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back and all were shocked to hear of his death.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and are still looking for more clues.


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