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Authorities investigating man’s death

By DOUG CARDER and CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writers | 5/28/2014

WELLSVILLE — Wellsville couple Cecil and Mickey Reed were outside their home in the 200 block of West Third Street Tuesday evening when they saw a woman burst out the front door of a house down the block.

“A lady came out and called 911,” Cecil Reed said Wednesday morning as he looked in the direction of the house two doors to the east.

WELLSVILLE — Wellsville couple Cecil and Mickey Reed were outside their home in the 200 block of West Third Street Tuesday evening when they saw a woman burst out the front door of a house down the block.

“A lady came out and called 911,” Cecil Reed said Wednesday morning as he looked in the direction of the house two doors to the east.

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, John Blair, Wellsville police chief, said.

Authorities on Wednesday identified the body as Kevin Scott Moherman, 58. The family has been notified of his death, Blair said.

“[We were] shocked,” Mickey Reed said Wednesday morning about their neighbor’s death. “I didn’t believe it. It is still hard to believe. He used to come up here and crack you up with jokes. He’d do anything for you. I think everyone around here knows him.”

Circumstances surrounding the death were suspicious in nature, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, 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 processed 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, which 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 was re-opened, Blair said about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities had not yet released information Wednesday afternoon concerning the circumstances of Moherman’s death, Blair said.

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