Man found dead during a search for meth

Herald Staff

October 24, 2012

BONNYMAN — A Perry County man died Tuesday after police searched his home following a complaint about a possible meth lab.

The Kentucky State Police received a call about possible meth activity at the home in Bonnyman around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening. When police arrived, they found four men inside the residence: Wesley H. Fugate, 29, Alva Combs Jr., 35, John Combs, 56, and Alva Combs, Sr., 70.

In a search of the property, two bottles which appeared to be one-step meth labs, or shake-and-bake meth labs, were found in a burn pile in the yard, according to a press release from KSP. No evidence of meth making or use was found inside the home, police say.

During the search, Alva Combs, Sr. appeared to have become unconscious while sitting on a couch. An ambulance was called to the scene when he was found to be unresponsive, and later the coroner was called once it was determined that Combs had passed away.

According to the state police, Combs’s death does not appear to be related to the initial complaint of meth in the home. His body was taken to the medical examiner and the case is still being investigated.

All three of the other men in the home were arrested on outstanding warrants.