DUNNVILLE — A preliminary autopsy has determined that Wendell Pyles was murdered Wednesday night as he worked alone in a building at Tarter Manufacturing, but police are releasing no additional information on the shooting today.
“I think we have some things to go on and the investigation is progressing, but we’re keeping it pretty close to the vest. We can’t compromise where we are at this point,” Trooper Billy Gregory, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia, said this morning. “Due to the complexity of the investigation, we’re considering every possible scenario as a motive. Nothing is out of the picture.”
Pyles, 50, of Adair County, who was known as Gleason Pyles, was discovered dead about 10 p.m. Wednesday after a security guard at Tarter’s heard multiple gunshots and went to investigate.
According to a statement released Thursday by Tarter Vice President Ann Tarter, Pyles had been employed as a maintenance technician at the farm equipment manufacturing facility for only three months. He was working alone in the one of company buildings when he was shot to death, the statement indicates.
“The Tarter family and all of our employees are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Pyles family,” Ann Tarter said in the statement.
Police are still looking for public help on the case, asking anyone who might have seen a suspicious person, vehicle or activity at the Tarter site prior to 10 p.m Wednesday, or has any information about the shooting, to call 1-800-222-5555. Several calls already have come in, Gregory said.
“I’ve taken a few calls myself this morning. People are sharing information,” he said. “We’re following all leads that prove to have some value beyond what we already know.”