April 10, 2013 —
A two-year murder investigation culminated Monday in the indictment of Kyle S. Holbrook, 20, of Olive Hill.
Holbrook was indicted the same day by an Elliott County grand jury in the April 2011 death of Paul Dillon (Nemo) Bryant, 19, also of Olive Hill.
He was arrested by Kentucky State Police Det. Toby Gardner while incarcerated at the Rowan County Detention Center on drug trafficking charges.
Holbrook was indicted last month for three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school between Jan. 11 and March 8 in Rowan County.
The investigation was part of a KSP special investigation and it is unknown if Holbrook's suspicion in Bryant's death led to the drug charges.
Monday’s indictment in Elliott County was for murder and for tampering with physical evidence in the death of Bryant. Holbrook is being held without bond.
The investigation began when Bryant’s body was recovered April 3, 2011, from a farm pond located on the Holbrook family's property after an extensive missing person search.
Police confirmed Tuesday that Bryant had last been seen at the Holbrook family home before he was reported missing.
An autopsy revealed that he had died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds before being dumped into the pond.
No weapon has been recovered in the case and the type of firearm used is unknown.
The case drew widespread attention in Carter County. Authorities said dozens of leads were generated by a reward posted by the Bryant family.
KSP Master Trooper Joe Veeneman told the Journal-Times Tuesday that all leads had to be followed in order to complete the investigation.
The victim made his home with an aunt, Pam Carroll, who died last fall in an automobile accident near Olive Hill.
Holbrook is scheduled to be arraigned in Elliott County Circuit Court on Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m.