UPDATE: Knox Co. man’s disappearance called a kidnapping; one arrested

ARTEMUS, Ky. (WTVQ) – One person has been arrested, and Kentucky State Police are looking for another, in a missing person’s case out of Knox County that they are now saying was a kidnapping.

23-year-old Douglas Middleton disappeared February 15th, after he left his home at around 10:00 a.m. and walked into the woods behind his house.  Investigators looked for him for 17 days, before he was found by a homeowner, alive, in the woods located off of Noeville Hollow in Barbourville.

State detectives say that further investigation into Middleton’s disappearance revealed that he had been kidnapped, and held in a building in the woods.  Troopers say 21-year-old James Davis admitted that he functioned as a lookout in the kidnapping.  Middleton also told officers that Davis placed him on an ATV and held him in the building.

Middleton described a second man involved in the kidnapping, but did not have a name, according to police.  They say they are still trying to locate the second person.

As a result of injuries and severe frostbite while being kept in the woods, Middleton had to have both legs amputated.


3/3/17 3:40 p.m.

Man missing from Knox Co. since Feb. 15 found alive

Kentucky State Police say they received a call at around 2:00 p.m. saying that a missing Knox County man had been found in the woods off of Noeville Hollow in Barbourville.

Troopers say a homeowner who was searching the woods found 23-year-old Douglas Middleton, who had disappeared February 15th, after he left his home at around 10:00 a.m. and walked into the woods behind his house.

Douglas MIddleton, of Artemus in Knox County, known disability, went missing in woods behind his house on 2-15-17

Middleton was found on the other side of the mountain from the side where he went missing, according to Troopers.

Police say Middleton was carried out of the woods by a Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy and the Knox County Sort Team, and was alert and responsive.

He was taken to the Knox County ARH, and then flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.

Searchers for Middleton were stymied in their efforts when, on February 20th, human remains were found along the Cumberland River in Knox County during a search for him.  The remains, however, turned out to be those of another missing man.

Photo Courtesy: The Mountain Advocate

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