4 dead in murder-suicide shootings in eastern Ky

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM

JENKINS, Ky. (AP) — A southeastern Kentucky man angered over the suspected theft of his wallet fatally shot three people and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said Friday.

Police found the four bodies early Friday morning in two different homes about a mile apart in the tiny Letcher County community of Jenkins on the Virginia border.

Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker said 58-year-old Timothy Shelby shot the three victims and himself with a 10 mm pistol. The victims were 35-year-old Jennifer Walters, 25-year-old Joshua Wyatt and 31-year-old Amy Ratliff.

"Apparently this guy thought these folks had robbed him of something," Baker said.

Shelby believed Wyatt had taken his wallet, Kentucky State Police Trooper Adam Hall said. Hall said he doesn't know what led Shelby to suspect the theft.

Shelby and Walters were in a relationship and lived together in the home where Walters' body was found, Baker said. Wyatt and Ratliff were also in a relationship and lived in a home together, where their bodies were found along with Shelby's, police said.

The area borders the Jefferson National Forest in a region known for coal mining.

State police were called to the home shared by Wyatt and Ratliff after two juveniles found a body around 2 a.m. on Friday morning. When police arrived, they found two more bodies inside the house and later discovered Walters at the other home.

Baker said the shootings occurred either late Thursday night or early Friday.

The four bodies will be taken to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for autopsies, state police said. Meanwhile, state police detectives are investigating.

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