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21-year-old Charles Escalera arrested for the murder of 18-year old Josiah Malachi Kilman

Escalera was apprehended by the Kentucky State Police after being sighted in a barn.



Update: A man has been apprehended following the killing of a Campbellsville University student.

Charles Escalera, aged 21, is currently in custody at the Campbellsville Police Department.

Escalera was apprehended by the Kentucky State Police after being sighted in a barn. This information was confirmed by Campbellsville’s police chief.

Original Report:

On Saturday, February 24, 2024 at approximately 12:43 AM, Campbellsville Police responded to Campbellsville University Campus in reference to an unresponsive male.

Taylor County EMS arrived and transported the male to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by Taylor County Coroner, Daniel Cook.

Josiah Malachi Kilman

The deceased, 18-year old Josiah Malachi Kilman, was transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy.

During the investigation, Campbellsville Police has obtained an arrest warrant for, “21-year old Charles E. Escalera for Murder.

Escalera is still at large, however Campbellsville Police, Kentucky State Police, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife are currently attempting to locate Escalera.

The following attached pictures are of 21 year old, Charles E. Escalera, 5′ 7″, 128 lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes.

Last seen wearing a black jacket, white hooded shirt, gray toboggan, gray sweat pants, yellowish colored work boots, and a dark colored backpack.

Last known was in the parking lot of Lowe’s in Campbellsville.

If you see or know the whereabouts of Escalera, do not approach him, call 911 immediately.