UPDATE: Man arrested in Floyd County homicide case

The sheriff says 52-year old James Pratt is charged with the murder of Paul Sester

Story update from March 21, 2022:

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Pine Top man was arrested Sunday, March 20, 2022, and charged with Murder in connection to the death of 46-year old  Paul Sester, according to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators say 52-year old James Pratt was served with an arrest warrant, taken into custody and taken to the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

Deputies say Sester was missing by his family on New Year’s Day this year.  On March 16, a body, later confirmed to be Sester’s, was found in Johnson County.  The death was ruled a homicide, according to investigators.

The case remains open and additional charges are pending, according to investigators.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office office at 886-6711 or call the anonymous tip line at 606-949-2020.

Anyone can also text-a-tip directly to deputies by texting 606-477-8477. If you are texting from an Appalachian Wireless phone, just text TIPS (8477).

 

Original story below from March 17, 2022:

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ/PRESS RELEASE) – The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office says it received a call Wednesday from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office regarding a body found on Old Ratliff Road off of RT 825 in Johnson County. Deputies from Floyd County, KSP and the Johnson County Coroner met with Johnson County deputies at the scene.

According to deputies, a preliminary investigation revealed the body was possibly that of a missing Floyd County man reported missing in January of 2022 in Prestonsburg. That missing person case was being investigated by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 17, Floyd County sheriff’s deputies met with personnel from the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office and confirmed the body missing person Paul Sester, a 46-year-old Floyd County resident.

Deputies and medical examiners confirm Sester died of unnatural causes and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Sester was reported missing January 1, 2022 and was last seen at apartments near Old Abbott Mtn. Road off US 23 in Prestonsburg.

Anyone with information can call the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office office at 886-6711 or call the anonymous tip line at 606-949-2020. Anyone can also text-a-tip directly to deputies by texting 606-477-8477. If you are texting from an Appalachian Wireless phone, just text TIPS (8477).

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