Police News for Dec. 31

December 31, 2004

Casey man found unharmed

LIBERTY - An 80-year-old Casey County, who suffers from memory loss, was found unharmed after he left home a noon Thursday. He was found at 9:30 p.m. below Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland.

Police and rescue workers began their search for Melvin "Biggie" Vaught of 3469 Lower Brush Creek Road, after he was reported missing from home by family members, said Sheriff Jerry Coffman. Vaught left home in a 1997 Ford Explorer and apparently went through Pulaski and Russell counties before he was found by a couple off Swan Pond Road two miles south of the dam.

Coffman said authorities had no direction of travel for Vaught, but later got information from Pulaski County officials that Vaught had stopped for gasoline in the Nancy community and had asked for directions to Casey County.


Vaught was later spotted near the lake, said Coffman. "Some nice people found him about 9:30 p.m. at the end of the road," said the sheriff.

"We bought him home and he is fine," said Coffman.

Two juveniles cited on auto theft charges

LIBERTY - Two Casey County juvenile boys, ages 14 and 15, were cited Monday after they allegedly stole two automobiles, police said.

Sheriff Jerry Coffman said Clarence Fair of 11733 Ky. 1547 reported at 5 a.m. Monday that his 1999 Chrysler Concord had been taken from his yard. The car was later recovered on Dry Creek Road.

The second vehicle, a 1999 Ford Ranger that belongs to Lucille Ellis of Bradfordsville, was taken Dec. 22 from her Marion County home. The Ford Ranger was found at 7 a.m. Monday on Dry Creek Road.

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