Body Found In Remote Area Of Lee County

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Police find the body of a Beattyville man allegedly brutalized in the oil fields of Lee County. That's where police say 48 year old Billy Deaton's body was dumped early Wednesday morning. Police say they knew something was wrong after being called to a fight on Dunaway Road two days ago. Now the victim's neighbor is charged with his murder and more.

The only life coming in and out of this remote part of Lee County is usually workers in the oil field. The property is plastered with no trespassing and danger signs, but now it's the scene of an alleged brutal murder.

"Blunt force trauma to the head or cranium area. There were also some open wounds upon the body," said Lee County Coroner Ray Schuler.

The families of both men attend church together, but some say there are no doubt drugs and alcohol were involved. In fact, police say marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in David Dunaway's possession. He's charged with his neighbor's murder and abusing his corpse.

Police say it all started as a fight on Dunaway Road where the two men lived. When they got there, police say it was obvious something more had happened and Billy Deaton was no where to be found.

"It was a very remote area. I guess the individual was transported to that place and where they had an old oil jack and was basically dumped over a bank and traveled approximately 15 to 20 feet where he was lodged between two trees," Schuler said.

Now police are searching for more answers about the trip from the family friendly Dunaway Road to the wooded oil fields of Lee County.

David Dunaway is being held in the Three Forks Regional Jail. He's also charged with tampering with physical evidence. So far, funeral arrangements for Billy Deaton have not been set.


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