Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The family of a murdered Jackson County woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her husband's estate. Family members of Linda Culp are suing the estate of Gary Culp. He was found dead last week of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Missouri hotel room.

Culp was the target of a multi-state manhunt in late July. He was suspected of killing Linda Culp, his 55-year-old wife. She was found buried in a shallow grave July 22nd near the couple's home in Kenna.

Linda Culp's family is seeking $3 million in compensatory damages and $15 million in punitive damages. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court by Parkersburg lawyer Richard Hayhurst.

The money would go to Linda Culp's four sisters and their children, who were supported financially by her. One of her sisters, Pamela Yates, says Gary Culp inflicted a great deal of pain and suffering on the family.

Gary Culp's family could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning. No attorney had been named to represent his estate Monday.

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