Large reward being offered in Laurel County murder case

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 10:03 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 9:41 PM EDT
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - UPDATE: The sheriff’s office says London-Laurel County Crime Stoppers has contributed $4,000 to the reward, raising it to $14,000.

In a small Kentucky town where you know all of your neighbors, and they know you, the murder of a well-known farmer and rental property owner has left the county and the sheriff’s office without any answers for the past 10 days.

“He was very well thought of and just a gentleman. We’re quite alarmed out in rural Kentucky that we have a murder and nobody’s in jail yet,” said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

When 62-year-old Bryan McCarty was a no show for an appointment at the bank, deputies were sent to his home on Maple Grove Road for a welfare check. On September 25, they found McCarty inside with multiple gunshot wounds, but not a single witness.

“We have no witnesses we’re aware of. Anything is possible and because of that, we’re following up on every single possibility that is out there,” Acciardo said.

The sheriff’s office is hoping the $10,000 reward from an anonymous donor will get them to the answers they need to solve McCarty’s murder.

“We still have neighbors that take care of neighbors and they want to help. We want our community to be safe. We don’t want homicides out in rural Kentucky and we usually solve those homicides rather quickly. This one’s going on 10 days and it’s not solved,” Acciardo said.

Laurel County averages around three to four homicides each year. And typically, as Deputy Acciardo says, they find a suspect quickly. Now they’re left with a perplexing case, working to uncover the why and the who.

Anyone with information on this case should call 606-864-6600, message the sheriff’s office on Facebook or email

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