Pastor Found Dead in Boyd County Church

| July 15, 2010

UPDATE 7/14/10 @ 8 p.m.

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) — While Kentucky State Police are ruling several things out, they have not determined how the Rev. Terry Crowe died in his church in the Westwood community of Ashland.

Crowe’s body was found Tuesday night at the Tri-State Gospel Assembly Church. It is located in the 1800 block of Main Street in Westwood. People in the community are understandably on edge about what happened.

Meanwhile, Crowe’s family is devastated and searching for answers themselves. After a very preliminary autopsy report, state police investigators will only say they are not pursuing any criminal suspects or criminal charges at this time. Still, it remains a continuing death investigation.

Trellis Warmack says Crowe, her son-in-law, was always there to help her and so many others. It was around 8 p.m. Tuesday that Crowe’s wife found her husband's body below the sanctuary — in the basement kitchen of his church.

Police will not say Crowe's death was self inflicted as they await final autopsy results. WSAZ.com’s Randy Yohe asked the family if they wanted to talk with him about Crowe, and they replied they would.

Yohe said his last question was the most sensitive.

"Did he have any reason to do anything to himself?" Warmack said in response. "I don't know on earth what it would be unless his mind snapped. He seemed normal. He preached on Sunday."

Pastor Crowe, 53, leaves behind his wife Tammy of 28 years and a son Taylor. Crowe had served at the church for 12 years.

With a recent fairly big drug bust in Westwood, Crowe's death made many in the community, including the pastor's friend Andy Moore, a neighbor and restaurant owner, on edge and fearful.

"He was a great man, a good pastor," Moore said. "The drugs in this area are running rampant."

But state police investigators say — if there was a reason for community concern after Crowe's death — they would say so, and they have not said any such thing.

The tight-lipped lead state police detective says, to his knowledge, Crowe was not under any criminal or other investigation. Police also say they are not pursuing any criminal suspects or charges in connection with Crowe’s death.

Police maintain, however, that Crowe’s death will remain an active investigation.

UPDATE 7/14/10 @ 12:40 p.m.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) — The family of the man found dead in a Boyd County church has released the name to WSAZ.com.

The Rev. Terry Crowe, 53, of Ashland was found Tuesday night in the basement of the Tri-State Full Gospel Assembly Church in Boyd County.

The family tells WSAZ.com that Crowe was the pastor for 12 years and had held the sermon on Sunday.

The Rev. Terry Crowe leaves behind a wife and a grown son.

We will have more from the interview with Crowe's family tonight at 5, 5:30 and 6.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information as the investigation continues.

UPDATE: 7/14/10 @ 11:10 a.m.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) — An autopsy is underway on the body of a man found inside the Tri-State Full Gospel Assembly Church in Westwood.

Kentucky State Police tell WSAZ.com that two troopers are attending that autopsy in Frankfort.

Investigators expect to release more information late Wednesday afternoon.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.

UPDATE: 7/13/10 @ 11:35 PM

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) — Kentucky State Police confirm a man has been found dead inside a church in the Westwood area of Ashland.

The Tri-State Full Gospel Assembly Church is located in the 1800 block of Main Street.

Detective Jim Shelton tells WSAZ.com there has not been a positive identification on the body. He says an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Investigators are not releasing any other information.

Neighbors say the body was found in the basement.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY: 7/13/10 @ 9:11 PM

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) — Police from several law enforcement agencies are on the scene Tuesday night of what is being described as "an active crime scene" at the Tri-State Full Gospel Assembly Church in the 1800 block of Main Street in the Westwood area.

Kentucky State Police troopers and Boyd County Sheriff''s deputies are among authorities at the scene.

Police were notified shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday about an incident at the church. Deputies and state troopers immediately sealed off the area,wrapping police tape around all the entrances.

Officers asked neighbors and reporters to step back at least 100 yards to preserve any potential evidence. Their main area of focus was the church basement.

Nearly all the neighbors we spoke with claim a body was found in the basement. Police have not confirmed that but — considering the police response and reaction — it appears a serious crime of some type occurred.

WSAZ.com has a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.

 

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