Death may leave disappearance a mystery
by Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG – A Floyd County man linked to the disappearance of his wife, and scheduled to be sentenced on drug charges this week died in a motor vehicle accident Sunday.
Billy Crider, 49, the former owner and operator of the Prestonsburg pawn shop EZ Pawn, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Floyd County Circuit Court on multiple counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Crider was also the subject of an investigation into the 2002 disappearance of his estranged wife, Joyce Crider, in Lexington.
Crider was killed Sunday when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree near German Bridge.
In 2008, investigators from the Lexington Police Department and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, brought the six-year case to Floyd County, when Crider’s father’s house burned.
The remains of the home of Bill Crider Sr., located at Middle Creek, were the scene of investigators’ search for evidence in Joyce Crider’s case. Joyce Crider reportedly went missing just before she was scheduled to give a deposition in the couple’s divorce proceedings.
Investigators believed Crider planned to move to the Middle Creek location from Lexington and they said at the time the property was on their radar for clues to Joyce Crider’s disappearance.
Crider was arrested in 2010 when police and officials with the state Attorney General’s Office raided his pawn shop. During the raid, police confiscated narcotics, three handguns, and more than $18,000 in cash.
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