UPDATE 5/13/13 @ 10:30 a.m.
SANDY HOOK, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Olive Hill man charged with the murder of 19-year-old Paul Dillon "Nemo" Bryant made his initial court appearance Monday morning.
Last Month, an Elliott County Grand Jury indicted Kyle S. Holbrook, 20, on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Bryant went missing in February 2011. His body was found about a couple of months later in a pond in Elliott County.
According to the indictment, Bryant was murdered some time between February 28 and April 3, 2011. He was shot in the head.
During his arraignment in Elliott County Circuit Court Monday morning, Holbrook pleaded not guilty to both charges. He is expected to return to court on June 8 for a bond hearing.
Holbrook is being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
At the time of the murder indictment, Holbrook was in the Rowan County Detention Center on drug trafficking charges.
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Bryant went missing in February 2011, and his body was found about a month later in a pond in Elliott County, Ky.
On Monday, an Elliott County Grand Jury indicted Kyle S. Holbrook, 20, of Olive Hill, Ky., on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.
According to the indictment, Bryant was murdered some time between Feb. 28 and April 3, 2011 -- shot in the head by Holbrook.
Jessica Mabry is Bryant's sister. She says she often thinks about what life could have been like if her younger brother hadn't gotten involved in drugs.
“He had a lot of potential to do things in life,” Mabry said, “but the wrong thing got a hold of him and took him down."
Mabry says it’s been hard the past couple years knowing whoever killed her brother has been free, but the family was thrilled to finally get the answer Monday they've long waited for.
"I was overwhelmed and shocked and crying,” Mabry said. “I didn't really know what to say."
"I was tickled,” Bryant's father Greg Carroll said. “My emotions today, I was the happiest fellow in the world now that they've at least charged him."
Carroll says his son and his accused killer knew each other well.
"The boy who was charged with this, you would think he and Nemo were best of buddies,” Carroll said. “Within two weeks of Nemo's death, they were just like brothers, but then they started having problems. One thing led to the next."
The family says they believe other people were also involved in Bryant’s death.
Jail records show that Holbrook has been in the Rowan County Detention Center since March 27 on drug trafficking charges.
Kentucky State Police arrested Holbrook on the indictment warrants Monday.
No other details have been released at this time.
In January 2012, family and friends announced that a $3,750 reward was being offered for information surrounding Bryant’s death.
Holbrook is expected to be arraigned on the charges May 13.
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Bryant went missing last February, and his body was found about a month later in a pond in Elliott County, Ky. He had been shot in the head.
His family continues looking for answers in his death. They have set up a Post Office box where anonymous information may be sent.
That address is: P.O. Box 1549, Olive Hill, KY 41164.
An autopsy revealed that 19-year-old Dillon "Nemo" Bryant was shot in the head before being dumped into a pond off Tarkin Creek Road near the Elliott-Carter County line.
Bryant's body was found April 3. He had been missing from the Olive Hill, Ky. area since February 28.
KSP tell WSAZ.com that they have a couple of suspects, but they are not releasing any more information.
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Bryant’s body was found in a farm pond near the Elliott-Carter County Sunday night.
He was last seen on February 28 in the Olive Hill area.
Elliott County Coroner Mark Lewis tells WSAZ.com that because of the ongoing investigation, he does not plan to release any information from the autopsy on when or how Bryant died.
The Kentucky State Police Post in Morehead is now conducting what they say is a murder investigation.
WSAZ.com has the latest on the conclusion of the search for Nemo, as well as the beginnings of a homicide probe.
It’s a very sad story, since there was so much hope and so many prayers that Paul Dillon "Nemo" Bryant would be found safe -- not at the bottom of a farm pond.
The 19-year-old Carter County, Ky., resident went missing from Olive Hill on Feb. 28. His submerged body was spotted about 10 miles away in rural Elliott County along the Elliott/Carter line -- just off Tarkin Creek Road.
Police say a cattle farmer found the body around 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday -- back in some very remote rolling hills.
The body was found in one of the many farm ponds scattered throughout the area.
Carter County Sheriff Casey Brammell said he believes the body is Bryant’s, but he and the state police are also waiting for a positive identification.
Known to many as "Nemo," family and friends in the Olive Hill community put up missing posters all over town and held a vigil for the young man.
Brammell says the month-long search for Nemo was 24/7 and intense.
There was a benefit and auction in Olive Hill during the weekend to raise money for a reward to find Bryant.
Bryant’s family told us they were exhausted and devastated, but they wanted to thank everyone who helped in the search and passed along hope and prayers for Nemo.
The state police post in Morehead is now conducting what they say is a murder investigation.
Bryant was reported missing from Carter County last month.
The Sheriff tells WSAZ.com a cattle farmer was working his herd on a some land off Tarkin Road and found the body in a farm pond around 7:30 Sunday night.
The body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy and a positive identification.
Investigators with the Kentucky State Police out of Morehead tell WSAZ.com this is now an active murder investigation.
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Family and friends are holding vigil, praying that Paul Bryant, also known as “Nemo,” will soon come home.
Will Workman, Nemo's cousin, says the past week has been rough.
The last time he spoke with Nemo was three weeks ago.
"He text me and said, 'Hey.' We we're just talking and stuff," Workman said.
Family friend Brenda Robinson is also concerned.
"He is someone's son. That's how I would feel if it was my son. I think the people of Carter County need to come together and pray for this family," Robinson said.
While the community is hoping for the best, one friend is taking an active approach.
Chris Maggard has started a search and rescue effort.
"We've been looking really hard. Like I said, yesterday we searched Olive Hill Lake, Grayson Lake, out in the woods. Different multiple areas, but we haven't found any sign of anything," Maggard said.
Maggard is a part of the Olive Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue crew, but he says trying to find Nemo is a personal mission.
"We're just searching areas that are mainly like out in the woods, older roads. Places that other people probably wouldn't think to look, just in case," Maggard said.
While the search is underway, the Olive Hill community is coming together trying to hold strong.
"There is someone out there that knows something. They may be scared to talk, but I pray they talk," Robinson said.
Another search and rescue effort is scheduled for noon Saturday, beginning at the Olive Hill Dairy Queen.
If you have any information on Paul Bryant, you’re asked to call the Carter County Sheriff's Office at 606-474-5616.
The Carter County Sheriff tells WSAZ.com that Paul Bryant, known to friends and family as "Nemo," was last seen about 9:30 Monday night in Olive Hill.
Bryant is 19 years-old, 5'5" and weighs about 100 pounds. He also has a tattoo of a mushroom on his leg.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Bryant, you're asked to call the Carter County Sheriff's Department at 606-474-5616.