Left to right: Candy Petrekovich, William Watson, & Kevin Lee Walters. 

COSHOCTON - On January 27th, Candy K. Petrekovich, from the Barberton area, was charged with Aggravated Murder, an Unclassified Felony and William “Billy” Watson, 47, from the Coshocton area, was charged with Obstructing Justice, a Felony of the 3rd degree.

On January 25th, the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Aggravated Murder, an Unclassified Felony was issued for Kevin Lee Walters, 50, from the Coshocton area. Soon after the release of the warrant, Walters was apprehended by Barberton Police Department and transported to the Coshocton County Justice Center where he remains today. 

On January 21st, 2020, the Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the possible disappearance of a local man. Information about Gilbert Dale Walton, 50, of the Coshocton area, and the possibility of foul play in relation to the disappearance began to trickle in to investigators.  

On January 22nd at 2:27 pm, Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in the 200 block of Biggs Ave. in Conesville, in reference to this investigation. Two adult females and one adult male were initially taken into custody. Also secured at this residence were several evidentiary items including a motor vehicle.

On January 24th at 11:18 pm, Detectives were able to locate the body of Gilbert Dale Walton near SR 93, just into Muskingum County. Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office along with the Muskingum County Coroner’s Office assisted our investigators at the scene.  

One female remains in custody at this time with her name being withheld pending the filing of formal charges.

Assisting the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation are the Coshocton County Prosecutor’s Office, Muskingum County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Office, Dellroy Fire K-9, Barberton Police Department, BCI&I and Prince’s Wrecker. 

This murder investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is requested to contact our Sheriff’s Office.