PICKETT COUNTY, Tenn. – A Kentucky man has been arrested in connection with the murders of a father and son inside a business in Pickett County near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested 34-year-old Joshua Pyles, of Monticello, Kentucky, early Friday morning. He was charged with two counts of First Degree Murder in the deaths of 58-year-old Dan Dowdy and his son, 22-year-old Cody Dowdy.
Authorities said their bodies were discovered at their family business, the Sugar Shack on N. York Highway in Static, on Thursday morning.
Officials believe the father and son were killed between 11 p.m. and midnight Wednesday, when they would have closing up the business. Family members called 911 around 6 a.m. Thursday when they found the bodies.
The circumstances of the crime and its motive remained under investigation Friday, according to the TBI.
The family told NewsChannel 5 on Friday that after reviewing surveillance, authorities called nyone who was seen inside the bar to come to the scene for questioning. It was believed that Pyles was in the bar before the murders.
Pyles was held in the Pickett County Jail without bond.
Family members said Dan Dowdy had owned the store for more than 30 years.
Pickett County Sheriff Dana Dowdy is a relative of the two victims, and said he never thought he would have to solve the murder of two of his family members.
“They were really loved by the community here. It’s really devastated the family. They’ve asked me to ask everybody to keep them in their prayers,” he said.
Investigators reviewed surveillance video taken from inside the store in an effort to piece together a timeline of events.
The TBI said the Wayne and Clinton County Sheriff's Offices in Kentucky also assisted in the investigation, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Officials said they had not had a murder in Pickett County in almost 12 years.
As of the 2010 census, Pickett County was the smallest populated county in Tennessee, with its county seat in Byrdstown. It is located on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line surrounded by Clay, Overton, and Fentress Counties.