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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