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Missing couple's son behind bars

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

OIL SPRINGS, Ky. (WYMT) - His parents have been missing for more than one month, and he has been named a person of interest in the case.

Now Willie Blanton is behind bars after police say he pretended to be his father, Larry Blanton, to get a prescription filled.

There has been no sign of Larry or Sandara Blanton anywhere since September 5. Neighbors say they still cannot believe it.

"Shock, the whole community. It could have been like any neighbor, anybody," said Brenda Stamper.

Police have named the couple's son Willie Blanton and his girlfriend Amanda Fannin as persons of interest saying they have both been acting suspicious.

"I have questioned them both about it, and I'm not getting a straight answer," said Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price.

They say Monday afternoon the unusual activity continued when Willie Blanton supposedly called a pharmacy pretending to be his father so he could get a prescription filled.

Police already knew Larry Blanton had a prescription that was supposed to be filled October 5.

"We contacted the pharmacy and made them aware that if our person of interest came in if they would please contact us," said Price.

They say that is exactly what happened.

"I confronted Willie about it, and he said that this wasn't true. He said that he was just there to pick up Amanda's prescription which again is illegal," said Price.

Police say this is not the first lie they have caught Willie Blanton in, but they say this one does make them extra suspicious.

"This is a definite red flag," said Price.

Neighbors say they are still hoping for the best.

"I just hope and pray that Sandy and Larry are ok," said Stamper.

Willie is charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain prescriptions. He is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. He declined our request for an interview.

His girlfriend, Amanda Fannin, is also behind bars on drug related charges.


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