Search For Body Is Underway

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Crews are searching the Cumberland River near Pineville for the body of a man they say was robbed and killed and police have two suspects in custody.

39-year-old Lora Amburgey and 27-year-old Joshua Parsons are both in the Bell County Jail, charged with robbery, kidnapping, and murder.

Crews are searching for the body of 70-year-old Paul Slusher.

They say Slusher was reported missing Tuesday afternoon.

Police say they later spotted Lora Amburgey and Joshua Parsons driving around in a van with a large amount of Slusher's cash and guns.

Investigators say at some point earlier this week, the two tied Slusher up, and then robbed him and killed him.

“Lora Amburgey was an acquaintance of Mr. Slusher, she did know him, and of course things led from there,” Trooper Walt Meachum said.

Officials continue to search the Cumberland River, where they believe Paul Slusher's body was dumped.

Meanwhile, Lora Amburgey and Joshua Parsons are being held at the Bell County Jail without bond.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words about my Dad. As we search for his body we must all remember that this is his EARTHLY remains. Dad has gone to be with Mom and I would much rather face my maker standing in his shoes than those of the trash that took his life. My Dad was a good and kind Christian man. I'll miss him and I know all the friends that he has will too. Thank all of you for your kind words......Melissa Slusher Thompson
  • by Hailey Location: bellcounty on Jan 29, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    I miss paul so much, he was like an uncle. He used to give me candy when my brothers played footbal and i'd sit with him. I hope they kill the people who did this!
  • by MOTHER Location: HOME on Jan 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    I HOPE THEY RECIEVE THE PROPER PUNISHMENT. AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A LIFE FOR A LIFE. ONLY THE DEATH PENALTY WILL DO!
  • by gail Location: harlan on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    I don't live in bell I live in harlan county but that doesn't matter. I think it's a shame how human life is thought so little of. We treat our animals better. My heart goes out to the elderly.Some have worked so hard in life to have something like this happen in what should be their golden years. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.For those who have done this well all I can say is that they will stand before God for what they have done.
  • by kaye Location: pineville on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    My heart goes out to Mark and his family. I hope these two people feel what he felt.I will be praying for the family. God bless you all.
  • by resident of bell co. Location: Bell Co. on Jan 29, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    I will be praying for the family of Paul . May God send his peace and comfort to them in there time of need. And Justice be served on the ones who committed this horrible act.And May God be with the search crews and let them find his body.
  • by "Buck" Location: Bell county on Jan 29, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    This is on of the worst things that has happened in bell county since ive been here, Paul was a great man who was passionate for bell county sporting events. He was always there to give his support for the youth. We will miss him deeply, may God be with him and his family.
  • by Kristy Location: Bell on Jan 29, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    Paul was a wonderful person. He would help anyone. Unfornuatley it is what led to him being murdered. If we went back to the eye for an eye method our world would be a better place. It takes a coward scum to take advantage and beat up an old man. I hope these two rot. They won't get what we all feel they deserve, but at least the Slusher family can rest knowing they are behind bars. Hopefully someone in jail will give them a good beating. God be with the Slusher Family and I hope we find Paul. The games won't be the same without him.
  • by "HUNTER" Location: Bell County on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    In all my years of living in Bell County, i have saw lots of things but this inncident has hurt the most. Paul was a great man, one that i and other looked up too. He had a passion for young people and always had a way for making them feel better about themselves. He went to every Bell County event weather it was Bobcats football or the Lady Cat basketball. Not only has this hurt me, but I can honestly say Sports in Bell County will never be the same without Paul Slusher.. As for Paul's family we will try our very best to pray for you all, God Bless!!!
  • by pc Location: harlan on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    This is such a sad story. Now the people who committed this crime will be protected with all their rights. I wish the law still believed in an eye for and eye. Then all these stupid criminals would think twice before committing such violent crimes.
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