Search Crews Comb Cumberland River Looking For Man

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

He was kidnapped, tied up, robbed, and then dumped off the side of a bridge.

Search crews are still combing the Cumberland River in Bell County, looking for the body of 70-year-old Paul Slusher.

Two people charged with Paul Slusher's murder were arraigned from jail Thursday morning, and await another appearance in court.

Meanwhile, everyone WYMT’s Jeff Allen spoke with that knew Slusher say he was a great man.

Those who knew Paul Slusher are having a hard time believing he is gone.

“I just can't imagine this goes on, to take a man's life who had a lot more to life,” Dudley Hilton said.

Bell County High School's football coach and players say Slusher was always on the sidelines.

But many people say that may have ended up hurting him. Paul Slusher's son says when he called to check on his father Monday night, Lora Amburgey answered the phone, and said she was staying with Slusher because her heat was out.

Police say 39 year old Amburgey and 27 year old Joshua Parsons held Slusher tied up for hours in his own home, and then stole his money and guns.

Investigators say it was sometime early Tuesday morning when they took him to the Page bridge off highway 119 near Pineville, and threw him into the cold water.

“That's unreal. I don't see how anybody could do something like that to Paul Slusher. He never did anything to anybody, always helped people,” Matt Simpson said.

“He was just a true, true fan of this school, and he's going to be missed, unbelievably,” Hilton said.

Missed by a community of people he loved so much.

Crews continue to search the banks of the Cumberland River for Paul Slusher's body.

They say the rough water is making it impossible right now to use boats.

Meanwhile, Lora Amburgey and Joshua Parsons are due back in court next Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

They are being held in jail without bond.


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  • by CATHY Location: MELVIN on Feb 3, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    TIE THE TWO LOW LIFE PIECES OF SH*& TOGETHER AND DUMP THEM IN THE RIVER LIKE THEY DID THIS DEFENSELESS MAN...THE COURT SHOULD NOT WASTE TAX PAYERS HARD EARNED MONEY TO PROCECUTE CASES LIKE THIS IT SHOULD BE CUT AND DRY........DUMP EM IN THE RIVER ....MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY OF MR.SLUSHER FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
  • by Angie Location: Here on Feb 2, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    Josh and Lora were my neighbors for a long time. I know them personally. They are psycho.I dont see how anyone could do such a thing to anybody. Especially an elderly person.He was well known and well liked.My heart goes out to the family of Mr.Slusher.May God be with you and help you through.I hope that they get the fullest of the harshes punishment that we can give them. They desreve it
  • by mike bentley Location: cincinnati on Feb 2, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    Warm up old Sparky down at Eddyville for these two deadbeat's . Let's think of the victim for change ......
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    Let the pumishment fit the crime, throw them over and make them serch until his body is found.....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2009 at 01:41 AM
    do not use the tax payers money for court. you know how they catch people for shop lifting and make them stand out front of the store with a sign, hang them from the bridge with a sign ( i killed a elderly man,for money)
  • by Prayers Location: KY on Feb 1, 2009 at 09:41 PM
    My heart goes out to the Slusher family, I hope they can find him and bring some kind of closer for all of his family. To the couple that did this, how stupid are you? To answer the phone and tell the mans son your name. LOL.....I hope they get life in jail for what they have done..No amount of jail time can heal this family's heart...My prayers are with the Slusher family and friends....
  • by theresa Location: hwy 92 pineville on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:25 PM
    I've had the privledge of knowing Paul & his family for 25 years.Paul was such a wonderful man, always smiling and with a kind word for everyone he met.Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I had just saw Paul's smiling face on Monday.He'll be greatly missed by not only his family but also his community.Not only did Paul support the Bell Co. High school team he also supprted the Little league teams as well.Mark, Misty, Jared and Jordan were his pride and joy, he loved you all.He always talked about his love for you and how lucky he was to have you in his life.May you always know how much he loved each and everyone of you.I pray that his body will soon be found so that you, your uncles and our community will have some closure.I hope that these 2 that harmed him will be haunted for the rest of their lives. May they never rest in peace. MAY GOD BLESS THE SLUSHER FAMILY. Remember that you have may friends that are praying for you. May these 2 get all they deserve.
  • by tammy whitt Location: california on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:03 PM
    My heart goes out to the family of Mr.Slusher.I am the aunt of Joshua Parsons,I am in shock that he was capable of killing someone,but at the same time mental problems have plagued him his whole life not to mention a hard childhood. I do not condone him for this and hope that he gets the punishment he deserves,but at the same time also the help.May God look after him and he to him because he sure is going to need him now.Again I am so sorry for my nephew's actions,but I still love him and we will pray for him. Tammy,Matt,Tim,and Zack Whitt
  • by martha Location: whitesburg on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    cant believe they could do something like that the girl is crazy and he is to they need punishment for doing that man that way
  • by Linda Location: Bell co Ky on Jan 30, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    Paul Slusher was a very nice and kind man.He never met a stranger and was always friendly with everyone.I would talk to him at my sons ballgames.I knew his family and its is ashame they all have to go through this bad ordeal.My thoghts and prayers goes out to the family.They will need all they can get right now and after to give them strenght to deal with losing a Father,Brother,Friend,and a Grandpa.I firmly beleive that what goes around,comes back around and those 2 that took his life will suffer in time.MAY GOD BLESS THE SLUSHER FAMILY AND WE ALL WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL...
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