Curtis charged with murder, abuse of corpse

Kentucky State Police Det. Kevin Miller arrested a Cawood man on three charges on March 22 that includes murder.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs issued a press release on March 23 stating Miller charged Michael Curtis, 26, of 540 Mountain Oaks Drive, Cawood, with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

“At this time the victim’s information cannot be released until the State Medical Examiner’s Office makes a positive identification of the remains,” Jacobs said. “Detectives from Post 10 have received enough information to believe this case is involving a missing person’s case from Post 10 Harlan.”

KSP is actively working a missing person case on Tommy Ingersoll, 49, of Baxter.

The state police opened a missing person’s case on Ingersoll on March 10 after his father reported him missing. Ingersoll was last seen at the Shell station in Baxter. Police said he left his home to go for a walk and has not been seen since. Ingersoll is approximately 5-feet-8-inches tall with black hair, blue eyes, and a beard. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket with a hood, a white ball cap, blue jeans and T-shirt.

Kentucky State Police detectives are investigating possible human remains found near Cawood on March 22, but cannot confirm they are that of Ingersoll.

According to a press release, Kentucky State Police Post 10 received information at approximately 11:30 a.m. on March 22 about possible human remains located in a wooded area off of Mountain Oaks Subdivision. Mountain Oaks Subdivision is located near the Cawood community.

KSP troopers, detectives, and Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi and Deputy Coroner Jim Rich responded to the scene.

Bianchi said on Wednesday that the remains have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office and there is no estimated time that it could take for an identification.

At 11:45 p.m. March 22, Miller charged Curtis with murder and served a warrant on him at the Harlan County Detention Center where he was already incarcerated on other charges.

Curtis and Kayla D. Curtis, 30, also of Cawood, were arrested on March 15 by Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton.

According to the citations, Michael Curtis was driving a black 2002 Toyota 4Runner when police stopped the vehicle for speeding. When Burton initiated the traffic stop on the U.S. 421 bypass near Dairy Queen, he observed the passenger bend over and appear to be reaching for something in the passenger front floorboard. KSP Trooper Joey Brigmon soon arrived at the scene. The passenger, Kayla Curtis, exited the vehicle, at which time Burton observed a handgun laying in the floor where her purse had been. Michael Curtis was then checked for weapons. Police located a clear plastic bag containing a large amount of white rectangular pills and several round white pills. Some of the pills had been quartered. A search of the vehicle produced a magazine for the handgun along with several boxes of ammunition.

Michael Curtis was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, careless driving, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance. He was still incarcerated on a $10,000 full cash bond on March 22.

Kayla Curtis was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, public intoxication by controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at 10 percent of $7,000. She was released from jail on March 22.

Michael Curtis is currently being held on a $500,000 full cash bond on his new charges.

The case is still under investigation by Miller.

KSP asks if anyone has any information regarding this case to call them at 606.573.3131.

Reach Debbie Caldwell at 606.573.4510 or on Twitter @raiders42

File photo Kentucky State Police vehicles are shown near the scene where human remains were found on March 22 at Cawood. photo Kentucky State Police vehicles are shown near the scene where human remains were found on March 22 at Cawood.

Michael Curtis Curtis

By Debbie Caldwell

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