Police puzzled by slaying of TV star 56 years ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The beating death 56 years ago of popular local singer William Arliss "Curly" Shelton has puzzled Kentucky investigators since it happened in 1957, and the case is one of the oldest for which state troopers are still actively asking for help from the public.

Shelton was a regular on the "Hillside Hoedown." The popular country music variety show aired on WEHT-TV in northwestern Kentucky, southwestern Indiana and eastern Illinois.

On Dec. 4, 1957, a local resident found Shelton's body and his vehicle behind the VFW Club approximately three miles south of Henderson.

Investigators believe someone beat Shelton to death with bare hands, breaking his leg and fracturing his skull.

Shelton's case is one of 169 troopers posted online to seek information from the public.

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