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4th suspect on the run for the murder of missing Harlan man now in custody

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Derrick Logan Polly - HCDC

A fourth suspect wanted in connection to the disappearance of a Harlan man has been arrested.


On Wednesday afternoon January 13, 2021, 30-year-old Derrick Logan Polly of Linefork was arrested without incident at his home without incident after being located hiding in the attic by Cumberland Police Officer Tyler Hensley. The officer was assisted by Letcher County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, and US Marshall's Service.


Polly had been on the run since the arrest of his brother Fess and two other individuals, Amanda Whitehead and Destiny Stamper, suspected in the death of 21-year-old Wilmer Perez who was last seen on April 1, 2020. Officer Hensley additionally stated in his warrants that all four suspects “destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed, or altered physical evidence of the crime.”


Fess O’Neal Polly has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, and he was served a failure to appear warrant. Derrick Polly has been charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Amanda Whitehead has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and she was served a failure to appear warrant. Destiny Stamper has been charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.


All four are being held on separate $100,000 cash bonds at the Harlan County Detention Center.

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