Pike County investigation ends in murder arrest

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

Sometimes an investigator gets that feeling that something is just not right and he refuses to let go of a case and sometimes that persistent attitude pays off as it did earlier this week, when Paul Detty, 30 of Pike County was arrested and charged with murder in the 2012 death of Jacob Lansing, 30, also of Pike County.

“Our Chief Investigator (Brian Reader) has been working on it for two years,” Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk said. “Originally it looked like our victim, Jacob Lansing had been crushed by an SUV falling on him. He was found on River Road near Piketon. It looked like it had been up on blocks and it looked like he had been underneath the vehicle working on it.”

Junk said Lansing’s mother was extremely suspicious about her son’s death and talked with employees of Junk’s office as well as employees of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Junk said several people looked at the case but were unable to do anything with it.

“Brian, a couple of years ago got to looking at the case, and he said – ‘I want to work that and I think I can solve it,’” Junk said.

Reader holds a Certified Master Investigator certificate from the Peace Officer’s Training, which he received after going through what Junk said was “intense training.”

At one point Reader said – “I’m telling you it’s staged.” He went to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office and talked with the pathologist and was present for the autopsy. Reader was so adamant he had the body exhumed, since Lansing had been buried quickly without an autopsy.

Reader continued his investigation and did not give up and now Detty has been arrested and was arraigned on a charge of murder in Lansing’s death Wednesday.

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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