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Money missing has state police investigating

State police are investigating money missing from the Lynch Police Department in Harlan County.

The 9,000 dollars was collected in a drug raid last year, which Benham Police assisted in and were supposed to get a reward from the case.

State police started investigating the case back in January.

City officials in Lynch say they are taking preventive measures to avoid another situation like this one.

The former city of Lynch police chief and his assistant worked this case.

The city of Benham assisted them and were supposed to get a cut of the money.

"Our police department had volunteered to keep the evidence locked up in a safe here," said Lynch Mayor John Adams.

Months passed and still no money.

"It was brought to our attention that the money was gone out of the safe," said Mayor Adams.

This all happened before the current administration's term, but Mayor Adams and Lynch Police Chief Mike Nunley are working to correct past mistakes.

To avoid another situation with missing money, Lynch Police Department's office door at city hall remains locked. And the only person with a key is the police chief.

If no one is indicted, the city could face an even bigger problem.

"The city could potentially be liable. That's why we are asking state police to presue this diligently," said Chief Nunley.

Police officials say the money was obviously stolen, and the culprit should be held responsible, not the city and citizens of Lynch.

Harlan City Attorney Scott Lisenbee says the city of Harlan also has money missing.

No information is being released at this time, and police are still investigating.


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