UPDATE: Two held on homicide charges in Kentucky

January 29, 2012




mcp.com editor


VICTORY TWP. — Two Mason County residents are being held in a Kentucky jail on open murder charges, for an incident that occurred here Friday night.



Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department responded to a well-being check at a single-wide mobile home at 3046 N. Amber Rd. approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday. There, deputies discovered Dario Ramirez, 28 and Lacey Kay Bentley, 18 dead. Both were residents of that address. Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers said the two were not husband and wife.



Several detectives were on the scene this afternoon

Detectives were still on the scene investigating Sunday afternoon.



The well-being check was initiated by the Ohio County, Ky. Sheriff’s Department, Fiers said today. The 19-year-old female and a 21-year-old male, both Mason County residents, had been held by the Kentucky sheriff on an incident stemming from an alleged stolen vehicle.



Detectives from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, Ludington Police Department, and the Michigan State Police Mobile Crime Laboratory responded to investigate. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved with an unrelated incident stemming from Mecosta County, Fiers said, as are law enforcement officials from that county.



“They are being held each on $1 million bond,” Fiers said. “I will be sending detectives down to Kentucky either Monday or Tuesday to finish interviews and hopeful to extradite them back here.”

Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers



“The sheriff from Kentucky conducted the interviews with the suspects himself,” Fiers said. “We have been really pleased with the cooperation between all the agencies involved.”



Fiers said he plans on meeting with Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola on Monday to discuss how to proceed.



Scottville Fire Chief Dale Larr lives about a half mile from the scene. He said fire department medical first responders had been called to that address Thursday for a runaway teenager and possible suicide attempt. He said law enforcement called off fire and the ambulance, though. Fiers said that he wasn’t sure that the incidents took place at the same address.



Neither Larr nor Fiers recalled being called to that residence prior. Larr said he does know Mason County Animal Control had been called there before for an incident with an unleashed dog.



“They would always have a bunch of people there during the holidays in the summer,” Larr said. “There were always a lot of people camping. But, I don’t recall ever being called there before.”


Fiers said he plans on releasing more information Monday after he meets with the prosecutor. He said there are a lot of speculations being written on the Internet, especially Facebook and he would like to clarify some of them. MasonCountyPress.com will have updates when they are available.


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