The murder of 65-year-old Robert Wetton of Ellis Road in Russellville is still ongoing, according to lead detective Charles Dauley of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department. Wetton was found dead in his barn Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, by his wife Pamela Wetton. Very little information was released at the time of the incident, and still is due to the case being ongoing.
“This is considered an open and active case,” said Detective Dauley. “It is not a cold case by any means. I am actively working to solve this case, along with other agencies such as the Kentucky State Police. We are currently awaiting several pending lab results, and have persons of interest in the case. Some cases are solved quickly, while others may take time.”
Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker came out soon after the incident saying the department was treating the Wetton death as a homicide. The department knows the cause of death, but says releasing that information at this time could hinder the case.
“A case such as this one is very sensitive,” said Dauley. “We are actively following up on leads and do not want to jeopardize the case by releasing too much.”
In a separate incident one month before Wetton was found dead at his home under suspicious circumstances, the couple was arrested in Arizona by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department and faced charges of transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia,
Authorities seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on the Wettons. The Wettons were pulled over for an equipment and moving violation on July 8, 2015, while travelling northbound near Cordes Lake, about 65 miles north of Phoenix, Ariz. During the stop a K9 alerted on the trunk of the Wetton vehicle. When the deputy opened the trunk he found a red suitcase with 20 pounds of meth and a digital scale inside. An additional search revealed several “snort” tubes and glass pipes, as well as materials used to package drugs for sale.
“The Logan County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Kentucky State Police, are giving this case our utmost attention. I am making sure to follow up on all facets of the case and will continue to as evidence becomes available,” Dauley added.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.