Two Wanted in Murder Investigation in Tompkinsville


Tomkinsville, KY (September 21, 2020) On September 20th, 2020 at approximately 3:15 PM Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a residence on White Oak Ridge Rd in the Fountain Run community in reference to two deceased males being located inside the residence with apparent gunshot wounds to the head. The victims are 20 year old Trevor Cleary of Tompkinsville, KY and 19 year old Austin Copas of Fountain Run, KY. Autopsies are scheduled to be performed.

Kentucky State Police Detective B.J. Burton has obtained arrest warrants on two individuals involved in the double murder that happened on Sunday, September 20th.

Edward Whitledge, age 29 of Bakersfield, CA is 6’2” and approximately 188 lbs, with hazel eyes and brown hair. Whitledge has an active arrest warrant for two counts of Murder.

Kayla Spivey, age 28 of Hiham, TN is 5’4” and is approximately145 lbs with brown eyes and red hair. Spivey has an active arrest warrant for two counts of Complicity to Commit Murder.

These individuals were last seen driving a 2009 Nissan Altima, black in color, TN license plate # DP68781.

The Kentucky State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating these individuals who are considered to be armed and dangerous. If anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts we ask that you contact Post 15  at 800.222.5555 or your local law enforcement agency, do not attempt to approach or apprehend.

This incident remains under investigation by Detective B.J. Burton. KSP was assisted at the scene by Fountain Run PD, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe County EMS, and the Monroe County Coroner’s Office. If anyone has any information regarding this incident contact KSP Post 15 at (800) 222-5555.