DENHAM SPRINGS -- Kentucky law enforcement officials Saturday afternoon arrested Michael Collins, the suspect wanted in the grisly murder last week of a Denham Springs couple.

Authorities captured Collins in Scottsville, a town of 4,229 in south central Kentucky, Denham Springs Police Chief Shannon Womack said.

A tip from Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers on the whereabouts of Collins led to his capture.

A joint operation between Allen County Sheriff Jeff Cook and the Kentucky State Police led the capture of Collins in a residential manufactured home in a rural area, Womack said.

Collins is currently being held in a Kentucky jail as a fugitive from Louisiana.

He will be extradited to Denham Springs, where he will be formally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, in the death of Eugene F. "Frank" and Patricia Gurley, along with one count of simple burglary, according to Denham Springs Police Chief Shannon Womack.

"I cannot say thank you enough to all the law enforcement from Louisiana to Kentucky, Crime Stoppers for the tip and a huge thank you to the community for spreading the word to get Collins arrested as soon as possible," Womack said. "Our prayers continue for the Gurley family and I ask you to keep them in yours as well."

Womack said Saturday night he reached out to Nashville TV stations within a day after the murder to seek information from residents which would lead to Collins's arrest.

Frank Gurley, 72, and wife Patricia Gurley, 70, were found dead shortly after midnight Oct. 31 in the building that housed their business, National Pool Supply, on Pete's Highway at the northwest corner of Tate Road. Their son and two DSPD officers broke the door to the business where they found Gurley, after their family and friends had received no information on their whereabouts.

The Gurleys died from blunt head trauma injuries, according to preliminary autopsy results conducted by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Coroner's Office via the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office. 

Womack said in a press conference Oct. 31 that residents had seen the Gurleys alive as late as 4 p.m. Monday.

Collins -- who is believed to be a native of northeast Tennessee -- had worked for the Gurleys. He lived on the property of the business until he was terminated, Womack said.

The criminal record for Collins included an arrest for domestic abuse battery in 2016, the police chief said.

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