Woman arrested, charged with murder of Butler County man

MORGANTOWN, Ky. – Kentucky State Police have now made an arrest in last night’s homicide of 57-year-old Michael Embry in Butler County.

Kentucky State Trooper Daniel Priddy says the investigation started several days ago.

“This individual was reported missing a couple days ago. We had troopers that were investigating a missing persons up until yesterday afternoon when we were contacted about a deceased male subject that was located at a residence on Caneyville Road,” said Priddy.

KSP showed up to the home and found Embry dead inside of his home.

Police have not confirmed cause of death but have arrested Samantha Stewart of Morgantown in connection to the death.

KSP troopers and detectives were on the scene for several hours, according to Cathy McCarthy, a neighbor.

“We thought they were searching the pond for him, because there is a pond up there and we thought that’s what they were searching for was him in the pond, but I found out this morning that they had found him in the shower wrapped in a shower curtain. We didn’t hear nothing. We never heard any noise at night, because I’m out at all different hours walking my dog out here and never did we hear anything,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy is related to the three individuals killed in a triple homicide in Butler County only months ago and is shocked to see something similar happen just across the street from her.

“The people that lived over there are very fun people. They were always, they seemed to gather and have good times you know and it’s been very quiet over there, you know. Summers not here yet, you know, when Summer gets here, I’m sure they’ll be outside. But that someone that close to our home could be murdered like that,” said McCarthy.

Embry was pronounced dead by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy has been scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville.

“It’s crazy that people are just murdering that fast instead of taking a minute to count or taking a time out and walk away. It’s nuts,” said McCarthy.

The investigation is still underway.

Stewart is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.