(Kemmerer, Wyo.) - Early this afternoon, Lincoln County prosecutor Spencer Allred held a press conference in Kemmerer to announce that Flint Harrison, 51, and his son, Dereck James Harrison, 22, were charged with first degree murder, felony murder, kidnapping and possession of stolen property in the death of Kay Ricks. According to Prosecutor Allred, Ricks died from blunt force trauma to the head and facial area. An object has been found that is consistant with his wounds. "Thursday, May 12, Ricks was taken to from the UTA station. Our understanding is that he was taken to Wyoming and that is where he was killed," said Allred. “We are confident in the charges filed here today,” said Allred referring to the amount of evidence in the case. Ricks was a UTA worker who went missing on May 12. His body was found by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Diamondville Police Department May 17. On May 19, Ricks' UTA truck was found in Lincoln County. On the evening of May 10, the Sublette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a "be on the look out" (BOLO) for two suspects wanted in connection with a kidnapping and assault that was reported in Centerville, Utah. The suspects, identified by the Centerville Police Department as Flint Harrison and Dereck James Harrison, were said to have fled the area in a 2011 silver Chevrolet Suburban. By May 14, both suspects were arrested in Sublette County. According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune
the two men were originally charged with 10 counts of first-degree felony
aggravated kidnapping. They allegedly kidnapped and beat five women, who
were later able to escape. Read more about what allegedly happened here.
they are charged with first degree murder in Lincoln County for the death
*Feature Photo: Flint Harrison (51) and Dereck James Harrison (22). h/t
Sublette County Sheriff's Office / Pitchengine Communities*