UPDATE: Woman arrested in Butler County murder

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 8:20 AM CDT
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MORGANTOWN, KY. (WBKO) – UPDATE: 8:19 pm Kentucky State Police have arrested a woman in connection to the death of a man in Butler County.

According to authorities, 43-year-old Samantha J. Stewart was arrested on Thursday in connection to the death of Michael Embry.

Stewart is charged with Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

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Kentucky State Police Post 3 is investigating a murder in Butler County.

According to officials, KSP was called to investigate on Wednesday, in reference to a deceased male inside a home on Caneyville Road.

Troopers and detectives found Michael Embry, age 57, of Morgantown dead at the home.

Kentucky State Trooper Daniel Priddy says Embry had been previously reported as missing.

“State police was working a missing person report on Michael Embry, it came in a couple of days ago. We had units conducting that investigation trooper. Until yesterday afternoon, when we were contacted about a deceased male subject that had been located at a residence on Caneyville road,” said Trooper Priddy. “Upon the arrival of our detectives and troopers the male subject was identified as Michael Embry.”

WBKO News spoke with a neighbor of Michael Embry who described Wednesday’s scene.

“The day before yesterday, there were some state troopers over there. There were three state troopers over there the day before yesterday, and they were looking around in the property and questioning people, from what we saw. And then yesterday, there was a lot of vehicles up there,” said neighbor Cathy McCarthy. “Then they had a big fire truck there. And then search and rescue showed up. They must have been there probably seven hours, eight hours, maybe longer.”

“I heard from a friend the night before last that he heard that the guy had been missing for five days. But after talking to a cousin of his, we found out that he was missing for eight days, and that they had found him in the shower, wrapped in the shower curtain,” said McCarthy. “I’m not so much worried about my safety, it’s pretty sad.”

The Butler County Coroner’s Office pronounced Embry deceased at the scene.

An autopsy has been scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing, and foul play is suspected. KSP says they believe the incident was isolated and the public should not be concerned at this time.

Kentucky State Police request anyone with information regarding the death of Michael Embry to call (270) 782-2010.

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