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3 Men Found Dead Outside Ky. Cave

July 14, 1998

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) _ Three men were found shot to death in a remote area of northeastern Kentucky where they had gone to ride their all-terrain vehicles.

Randy D. Stevens, 19, and cousins Douglas L. Middleton, 21, and Scotty Middleton, 27, all of Olive Hill, apparently had been four-wheeling near a cave when the shootings occurred, police said Monday.

The bodies were found Sunday night by two other ATV riders. An ATV that had been set afire was found nearby, police said.

Police told relatives the three men had each been shot in the back of the head, said Della Layne, an aunt to Scotty Middleton.

State Police Sgt. David Hoffman said authorities are searching for a suspect. He declined to give further details or discuss a possible motive.

``He’s the only person in the area we can’t locate and talk with,″ Hoffman said of the suspect.

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