Updated 8 months ago
Two years since 19-year-old Dillon "Nemo" Bryant was found dead in an Elliott County pond, his Carter County family says they are finally able to take steps toward closure as Kentucky State Police announce they've made an arrest.
"It's just something I hope nobody has to go through," says James Caroll, Nemo's uncle.
Nemo Bryant went missing in February 2011. Five weeks later, in April, his body was found in a pond on Tarkiln Creek Road in rural Elliott County. He'd been shot to death. After years of pleading for tips, for anyone to come forward with information, Nemo's family got the news they'd been hoping for.
Acting on an indictment warrant handed down by the Elliott County Grand Jury, KSP arrested 20-year-old Kyle Holbrook for Nemo's murder. He was already at the Rowan County Detention Center on drug-related charges.
"I cried a lot," says Nemo's sister, Codie Carroll of the news. "It's kind of bittersweet. It's a step in the right direction, but obviously it's not going to bring him home."
Police say lengthy interviews helped lead to the arrest of someone the teenager knew.
"It's sickening, honestly, because he and Nemo were supposed to be friends," says Codie Carroll.
But Nemo's family says they'd had their suspicions of Holbrook from the start. They say he did not attend any of the searches.
"He never called us. He was supposed to be one of Dillon's best friends, and never even attended the funeral," says Amy Davis, who is also Nemo's sister.
Sadly, the woman who worked with police for this day, establishing the reward for information about the case, didn't live to see an arrest be made. Nemo's Aunt, Pam Carroll, who raised him, died in a car accident September 2012. But when Detective Toby Gardner told the family news of the arrest,
"He said 'Look out there and see if there's dirt kicking with your Mommy.' I don't see any, but I'm sure she's dancing for sure," says Codie Carroll.
Kyle Holbrook declined to talk to LEX18 from the Rowan County Detention Center. He was being held on $100,000 bond for the drug charges before the murder arrest.