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Authorities identify Wellsville man in apparent shooting death

By The Herald Staff | 5/28/2014

WELLSVILLE  — Authorities have identified the 58-year-old Wellsville man who died of an apparent gunshot wound Tuesday night in his home as Kevin Scott Moherman.

At 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Wellsville police officers, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound in a home in the 200 block of West Third Street in Wellsville. Law enforcement officials discovered the body of a Wellsville man in his 50s, John Blair, Wellsville police chief, said. Authorities later identified the body as Moherman. The family has been notified of his death, Blair said Wednesday afternoon.

“Wellsville police and EMS responded to a victim with a gunshot wound,” Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. ”The sheriff’s office responded to assist. At the residence they found a deceased party.”

Circumstances surrounding the death are suspicious in nature, Richards said.

“There is no danger to the public,” he said.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the case, and the KBI’s lab is processing the crime scene, Blair said.

“We do not have a crime scene unit and we wanted the KBI’s lab to process the scene,” Blair said of the Wellsville Police Department’s decision to request assistance from the KBI. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office also is assisting with the investigation.

The investigation continued through the night and into Wednesday morning, Blair said. Investigators had closed the 200 block of West Third Street during their investigation but have since cleared the scene and the block has been re-opened, Blair said about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities had not yet issued a ruling on the cause of death, Blair said.


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