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As search continues, father remembers son who was murdered

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Andrew Compton (source: family photo) Andrew Compton (source: family photo)
Andrew Compton and his mom, Angela Andrew Compton and his mom, Angela
Andrew Compton (source: family photo) Andrew Compton (source: family photo)
John Compton John Compton
Gregory O'Bryan (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections) Gregory O'Bryan (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police were expected to continue searching an Indiana landfill for 18-year-old Andrew Compton Friday, more than a week after police arrested 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan for his murder. O'Bryan was indicted Thursday for murder, sodomy, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence.

Compton was last seen October 28. Surveillance video showed the 18-year-old leaving his dorm late that night. According to a Louisville Metro Police investigation, an email led detectives to O'Bryan.

Police have said O'Bryan told them he put Compton's body inside a television box and threw it in a dumpster. Homicide detectives believe the content of that dumpster ended up at a landfill in Medora, Indiana. That's where detectives, with the help of two Metro Police recruit classes, have been searching through tons of trash for more than a week.

[Gregory O'Bryan Arrest Report]

"We'll get through this, if we don't find anything here tonight [Thursday], we'll reassess and make sure we haven't missed anything we're looking for," said LMPD homicide Detective Lt. Barry Wilkerson. "[There] may be some other things we want to look at again. It's just a constant evaluation and reevaluation of what we're looking for,"

We spoke to Compton's father, John, Thursday afternoon. He did not want to talk about the search, saying only police would not be at the landfill if they did not feel they were looking in the right area. He said he would rather talk about his son and the memories he has of him.

"I can remember him holding the cat and letting our dog lick his face and I can remember him - his sheepish smile when I would make my many attempts at humor," John Compton said.

John Compton says he will cherish the 18 years of memories he has of Andrew. He says his son had a passion for sweets and chocolate, and that Andrew's brother, Derek, always enjoyed it when his little brother baked cookies.

"When he would come home from school on the weekends, he'd get Andrew to make chocolate chip cookies," John recalled. "And then he would sneak in there and steal the batter and Andrew would chase him because he didn't want him to eat the batter before it was cooked."

Andrew moved from Carmel, Indiana to Louisville to pursue his passion. He enrolled at Sullivan University as a culinary student. John describes his son as a quiet and shy person, but said Andrew had been blossoming, even a month after he moved to Louisville.

"We would call him and he would say he couldn't talk because he's in a friend's room playing a card game or he's got 11 people in his dorm," John said "If nothing else, that alone would have been worth the experience for us. The fact that he had friends here, made friends so quickly," John Compton said.

John says he and his wife, Angela, have kept their minds occupied, raising money in their son's memory and putting together funeral arrangements. John Compton said he is optimistic officers will find Andrew.

"We just hope and pray every hour [of] every day that they will," he said.

John says he is thankful for the support his family has received from the community, and says the manager of Uncle Pleasant's contacted them about hosting a benefit concert for the "Andrew Compton Memorial Fund.'

The benefit concert will be held on December 4th at 8 p.m. at Uncle Pleasant's, at 2126 S. Preston Street in Louisville.

For more information, call (502) 650-7410 or (502) 554-1800. The flyer indicates there is a $5 donation.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the "Andrew Compton Memorial Fund" can do so at any PNC bank or by visiting http://mypage.iu.edu/~comptode/Andrew.html.


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