Missing Barbourville Man Found Dead

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 11/12/2012 6:32 pm
Barbourville police said they found the body of a missing Knox County man Sunday night.

Officers said they found the body of Jonathan Foley, who would have turned 27 Friday, in an abandoned strip mine near Ed Matlock Place Road in Knox County.

Police said Foley had been missing since Tuesday, when he left the house with his father's cell phone and told his parents he'd be back 'in 15 minutes'.

Investigators said they believe the victim was killed that same day.

Officers arrested John Mills, 42, George Marcum, 52, and James Wyatt, 33, on Sunday and charged them with murder.

Detectives said one of the three men told police where to find Foley's body, and added that the suspects had become acquainted with the victim very recently.

Barbourville police said they began suspecting something when Foley's father found his missing son's truck next to the Knox County Hospital.

"We were able to process some evidence from the truck that enabled us to verify that this was going further than just a simple missing person's report," said Detective Steve Owens of Barbourville police.

Officers said they're still investigating.  They said Wyatt, Marcum, and Mills are known for drug involvement, but wouldn't say whether drugs had anything to do with this case.
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