KSP Trooper arrests Suspect from California in Lexington, Kentucky for Murder of a Missing Wisconsin Man

EDMONTON, KY  –  The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reporting that on August 11, 2022, (KSP) Post 15, Columbia received a call from the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance investigating a missing person from a residence on Breeding Road in Metcalfe County.

KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the area and learned Corey Nathan Hart, age 35 of Greenfield, Wisconsin, had been reported missing.  KSP launched an investigation into Mr. Hart’s disappearance.

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at approximately 9:30 A.M. CST, KSP received information that an individual had located possible human remains on Betty Sparkman Road in Metcalfe County.  KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the area and confirmed the remains were indeed human.  Due to the use of rapid DNA testing technology, the state medical examiner’s office was able to quickly identify the human remains to be Corey Nathan Hart.

During the ensuing investigation, Detectives obtained information leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant charging Christopher Leon, age 38 of Calipatria, California, with the murder of Corey Nathan Hart.  On Thursday, February 23, 2023 at approximately 1:48 P.M. EST, Trooper William Spears of KSP Post 12 in Frankfort served the warrant and arrested Mr. Leon in Lexington.  Mr. Leon was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.

KSP Detective Mike Dubree continues the murder investigation.

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