Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Traffic stop leads to meth-related arrest

On Sunday, March 27, 2016, Sergeant Kirk Mays conducted a traffic stop and noticed that the driver, Gregory A. Davis, 38, of Davis Road, Williamsburg, had a pill on his lap. A search of Davis led to the discovery of a plastic bag in his pants. Inside that bag were smaller bags containing a crystal substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine. Located in his wallet were two Suboxone films, and in the vehicle was a digital scale. The orange pill from Davis’ lap is believed to be Suboxone.

Davis was arrested and is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), two counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance not in its original container and driving with obstructed vision or windshield. Sgt. Mays seized the 2000 Saturn vehicle and over $100 in cash. Deputy Jonas Saunders assisted in the investigation.


Body recovery, death investigation

The sheriff’s department confirms that a body believed to be that of 48-year-old Joel S. Moses was located around 11:24 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016.
Members of the Woodbine Fire Department began searching the area around 10:30 a.m. and located the body among debris in the Clearfork River. It was found approximately one mile away from where a truck belonging to Moses was left unattended. On March 7, 2016, deputies and emergency personnel began searching for Moses, and a Golden Alert was issued.
Deputy Joe Prewitt and Sheriff Colan Harrell responded to the scene and will continue the death investigation. Coroner Andy Croley will arrange for an autopsy of the body by the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office. Kentucky Regional Emergency Management Director Jerry Rains and Whitley Co. Emergency Management Director Danny Moses assisted throughout the search and recovery efforts.

Fatal wreck along Hwy 904

The sheriff’s department regrets to confirm the death of Sharon Mills, 55, of Ingram, Kentucky, which is located outside of Pineville. Mills was the driver of a sedan that collided head-on with a tree on March 18, 2016. The wreck occurred along Hwy 904 in the Siler community.

A member of the Patterson Creek Fire Department was first to arrive at the scene and reported that a wrecked vehicle was on fire. The fire was extinguished, and Mills was pronounced dead at the scene by Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley. Mills was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Detective John Hill is continuing the investigation. The investigation suggests Mills was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and alcoholic beverage containers were located in the vehicle. Det. Hill was assisted by acting Chief Deputy Tim Baker and Sergeant Kirk Mays. Please join the sheriff’s department in prayer or thought for the family of Ms. Mills.

Fatal Wreck Hwy 904

Fatal Collision on Hwy 904

On 03-18-2016 deputies responded to collision and vehicle fire on Hwy 904 in Siler, KY. The collision occurred on the far east side of Hwy 904 approximately 1 mile from Hwy 92E. First on scene was a firefighter from Patterson Creek Fire Dept who radioed in the collision reporting it was on fire. After the fire was controlled before deputies arrived on scene, firefighters noticed a body inside the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling west on Hwy 904 towards Gatliff Mountain from Hwy 92E. It appeared as if the vehicle merged off the right side of the roadway. After the vehicle left the roadway it struck a tree head on. The vehicle then caught fire in the front end area. No evidence of loss of control or braking was located at the scene. The seat belt was not in use. Some empty alcoholic beverage containers was observed in the center console, passenger side front floor, and the front passenger seat. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the collision. The only occupant, the driver, was Sharon Mills from Ingram, KY which is located on Hwy 92 outside of Pineville, KY. Mills was deceased upon arrival at the scene. Mills was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu.

Sharon F. Mills 9370 Hwy 92 Ingram, KY 40955 DOB: 08-12-1961. Ongoing investigation carried by John Hill. Assisted by Tim Baker, Kirk Mays, Andy Croley, and Patterson Creek Fire Dept.



Sheriff Harrell and deputies execute two search warrants

Sheriff Colan Harrell, acting Chief Deputy Tim Baker, Sergeant Kirk Mays and Detective Derek Eubanks executed search warrants in the Savoy and Saxton communities on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The search warrants were obtained by Det. Eubanks following an investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics. During the searches, cash, marijuana, suboxone films and drug paraphernalia were found.

Crystal Harrell    Crystal Rapier Harrell, 35, of R.D. Rains Road, was arrested and is charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prescription controlled substance not in its original container.

Eugene Murray, 65, of the Saxton community, was arrested and charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Also arrested for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance was Betty Murray.

Lisa N. Coffey, 50, was arrested and charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

Lisa Coffey Eugene Murry Betty Murray

All subjects where lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.