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Three Men Are Found Dead In A Van

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Three men are found dead in a van along an old strip mine road in Bell County.

Police believe all three were murdered, but they have lots of unanswered questions.

Brandon Hoskins was enjoying one last day off from school riding his bike near his home in the Kettle Island community of Bell County Tuesday afternoon.

As he started riding up an area known as Tipple Hill, it was clear something was wrong.

"I was riding up the hill and someone on a four-wheeler told me to go back down there was a dead guy up there," Hoskins said.

In fact, police say there were three men dead all found shot to death inside a van.

"I was scared! I came back up here and told my mom," Hoskins said.

Kentucky State Police responded and detectives talked with members of a family that gathered nearby. They believe two of their loved ones are among those killed.

No one in the family wished to talk on camera, but one man said his brother and nephew had been missing for days. Police also talked with several people living nearby.

They are trying to get clues on what could have led to the shooting.

Brandon Hoskins says there have been other shootings in the neighborhood.

The whole thing has made Brandon scared to live in his own home. "Scares me, makes me want to move away from here," Hoskins said.

It's left members of one family with many questions they say they're determined to answer.

Police Identified the men as 56 year old Donnie Joe Fuston, 49 year old Arley Carnes and 31 year old Bryan Carnes.


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