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Two from Manchester charged with murder in disappearance of Harlan native Tyler North

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WRIL has learned that two people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a missing Harlan County native. Tyler North has been missing since June 24, 2018, when he left his sister's home after visiting. He was last seen around 8:15 PM at the heavily wooded Cawood Recreational Area. He reported as missing June 25th of 2018. Since that time family friends, volunteers, and search crews have been looking for him.


Public Affairs Officers Matt Gayheart of KSP Post 13 was quoted as saying troopers found North's 2003 Gray Dodge Dakota truck burned in a field off a strip mine road near Warbranch just off of Kentucky 1850 on Sunday July 1, 2018. The road is near the Clay/Leslie County line.

Tyler North

We have spoken to at least one family member that tells us that Tyler’s body has yet to be found even though charges have been placed.


Currently in custody is Tyler’s ex-wife 27 year old Lena Michelle (Collette) North of Manchester. She is being held in the Leslie County Detention Center charged with murder. She is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.


Lena North’s boyfriend, and former Leslie County Sheriff’s Deputy, 35 year old Jeremy John Lewis of Manchester is also in custody in connection with Tyler’s disappearance. He is also charged with murder. In December of 2018 Lewis was indicted for reportedly stealing more than $11,000 dollars of equipment from the Sheriff's Office, including radios and police gear.

We have reached out to KSP Post 13 in Hazard, we understand that PAO Tpr Matt Gayheart will be releasing more information soon. This case remains under investigation by Det. Vicki Day and Det. Clayton Stamper.

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