GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - An Ashland, Ky., man arrested in connection with a murder investigation faces an additional criminal charge, according to information from Kentucky State Police.
Aaron W. Gallion, 35, is charged with complicity to commit murder. That additional charge was filed Wednesday.
Gallion and Carlton T. Gallman, 36, also of Ashland, are charged in connection with the death of Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky. Frazier died from several gunshot wounds.
Frazier's body was found over an embankment on Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County on Friday.
Family members say Frazier hadn't been seen or heard from since late March.
Original story 4-23-13:
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A family is searching for answers after a missing person case has turned into a murder investigation in Greenup County.
Detectives and Kentucky State Police troopers found a body along Happy Ridge Road in Greenup County on Friday and positively identified it as Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, Ky. Frazier hadn’t been seen or heard from since late March. His mother, Michele Meade, said she usually spoke to her son three or four times a day, but when she stopped hearing from him, she wasn’t immediately concerned.
"I didn't think anything for awhile,” Meade said. “I thought maybe he had gone to stay with his girlfriend or took off to North Carolina to a friend."
On April 8, detectives began investigating Frazier's disappearance as a missing person case. That’s when Meade started to worry.
"I could feel it, I could feel something was wrong,” Meade said. “I called him all the time, every day.”
After interviewing family and friends in connection with Frazier’s disappearance and receiving information and tips, investigators said they believed the murder had taken place at a home in the 800 block of Rockgate Road -- a few miles from where Frazier’s remains were eventually found on April 19.
That same day, state troopers and detectives found and arrested two suspects in connection with Frazier’s death. Carlton T. Gallman, 36, of Ashland, was arrested in Ohio and charged with murder and tampering with evidence. Another man, Aaron Gallion, 35, also of Ashland, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.
“We were able to link those two individuals with the dumping of the remains and also the murder,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Murriell said.
Even though the suspects are now in custody, Meade has questions that she doesn’t feel will be answered or resolved.
“When it goes to court, I don't know if I'll have closure then,” she said. “It's going to be hard to have closure at his funeral because it's going to be closed casket. I don't know."
The shock of her son’s death still hasn’t fully settled in.
“I expect the phone to ring all the time and it to be him,” Meade said. “It’s like a nightmare.”
“[His family] can’t understand why this could happen and why someone would do this to not only their child, but another human,” Murriell said.
Meade said Frazier and his girlfriend were expecting a baby in September, and also that he was very close to his nieces and nephews.
Investigators are still waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine how Frazier died.