UPDATE: Name of Clay County homicide victim released

Elzie Wagers is charged with murder in connection to the death of Pangie Smallwood

Update from May 4, 2022:

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Clay County coroner on Wednesday released the name of a homicide victim found dead at a home on Tuesday.

The coroner identified the victim as Pangie Smallwood, who he says was in her mid-30’s.

Deputies say 68-year old Elzie Wagers is charged with murder in connection to Smallwood’s death.  They have not said how Smallwood was killed.

Investigators say when they responded to a home on Arnetts Fork Road around noon on Tuesday following a report of a fight between a man and woman, they found Smallwood dead.


Original story below from May 3, 2022:

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Clay County man was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday in connection to a death of a woman, according to Clay County Sheriff’s deputies.

Investigators say they received a call around noon about an altercation and possible death at a home on Arnetts Fork Road.

Deputies say when they arrived they found a woman in her 30’s dead.  Her name wasn’t immediately released.

68-year old Elzie Wagers was arrested at the scene and charged with murder, according to deputies.

No word on what led to the woman’s death.

Wagers was taken to the Clay County Detention Center.

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