Paul Melvin Fultz

The Kentucky State Police is still investigating the murder of a Branham Creek resident who was murdered a month ago.

KSP Post 9 Spokesperson Trooper William Petry said that the investigation into the murder of Paul Melvin Fultz, 63, of Branham’s Creek remains open. No arrests have been made.

Petry would not disclose how Fultz was murdered, saying that releasing too much information about this case could hinder the investigation.

His body was discovered on Friday, Sept. 27, at his residence on Branham Creek, after the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department was called to conduct a welfare check on Fultz. He had not been seen for several days, officials reported.

Petry said all of the evidence retrieved from the residence has been processed and sent to the forensic laboratory.

“We’re still in that process. The investigation is still open, of course. There’s a lot more legwork to be done, as far as interviews and stuff like that, but no arrests have been made at this time,” Petry said.

He said the detective is following up on a couple of “pretty good leads” in this case.

“I know it’s been a while, but it’s still in the early stages as far as on charging anybody, to get anything on that yet,” Petry said.

Petry encourages the public to contact Post 9 with any information they may have about the murder.

“Anything that anybody knows or, we’re sure that somebody knows something that maybe not have come forward yet, or we have not made contact with. If anybody has any information they feel might be useful to us, they can call us here ... and we will be glad to take the information. We don’t have to involve them in the case. We just need the information to work on for the case,” he said.

Petry said Fultz had been deceased for “more than a day or two” when his body was discovered on Sept. 27. He asks anyone who witnessed anything in the days before or even a week before that day to reach out to Post 9 at, (606) 433-7711. Callers may remain anonymous.

Fultz, a native of Morgan County, was a retired truck drive who loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his grandchildren, family and friends, according to his obituary.

He is survived by his son James Paul Fultz of Beaver Dam, three daughters, Becky Ratliff of Louisiana, Kayla Blake of Elliott County and Deseria Moore of Morgan County, as well as four siblings, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His funeral was held on Oct. 3 at the Whitt & Sons Chapel in Elliott County. He was buried at Blair Cemetery in Morgan County.

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