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Body identified as missing Lynch man, police say he was murdered

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Police identify the body of a missing Harlan County man. Now they say he was murdered.

Family members and police believe someone in the community knows who killed James Feltner and how they did it.

A picture shows 22 year-old James (Jay) Feltner holding an assault rifle. Police believe his own weapon may have been used to kill him.

"We've got reason to believe that gun is involved in the murder," said Shane Jacobs, with Kentucky State Police.

Feltner had been missing for almost two weeks.

Monday night a man and his grandson found Feltner's decomposed body on a strip mine site in the Blair community off Highway 119.

"There is an overwhelming grief knowing what he went through and how he was found," said Ashley Feltner, the victim's sister.

Feltner said their family wants justice, and they are asking anyone with information to come forward and tell police.

"I don't really know how to move on," said Feltner.

Police said the gun they are looking for is an AR-15 type rifle and has a stainless steel barrel. They believe it is still in the Tri-Cities area and finding that gun could help crack the case.

"We are asking the public and urging any information we can get," said Jacobs.

Answers for one family and one sister, who is left with memories of her baby brother.

"He was just so full of life and his personality, and one of the things I hold onto is his smile," said Feltner.

Funeral arrangements for Jay Feltner are not complete at this time. The family tells us he will be buried at a family cemetary in London.

You can call Kentucky State Police in Harlan with any information in this case at 606-573-3131.

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