A Florida man wanted in relation to the deaths of a Florida couple was arrested Friday morning in Hazard.
Kentucky State Police arrested Michael Anthony Herald, 48, on Combs Road in Perry County Friday morning on two counts of first-degree murder, state police said.
When troopers found Herald, he was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer owned by one of the people found dead inside a shed in Hillsborough County, Fla., the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said. Hillsborough deputies found the bodies of Nancy Engelhart, 73, and her husband John Engelhart, 76, near their home in Dover, Fla., about 7 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.
An acquaintance of the Engelharts had called the sheriff’s office to ask for a welfare check because they hadn’t seen the couple in a few days, according to the sheriff’s office. The Engelharts’ mail was stacked on top of their mailbox and their vehicle was missing from the carport.
Herald had been hired by the Engelharts as a handyman and there was “forensic evidence linking him to the crime,” said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
Kentucky State Police were notified about the warrant and that Herald had connections in Perry and Breathitt counties, state police said. Troopers arrested Herald without incident.
Hillsborough deputies are flying to Kentucky to interview Herald and continue their investigation, the sheriff’s office said.