updated at 4 p.m.
The man Metro police suspected of shooting Vickie Pearsall to death early Monday morning has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on I-24 near Paducah, Ky.
Detectives had been searching for Gilbert Devon Pearsall, 51, the estranged husband of Vickie Pearsall, who worked as a dental receptionist at the Green Hills office of Dr. John Williams on Crestmoor Road.
According to Metro police, Kentucky State Police reported that law enforcement in the Paducah area had been on the lookout for a silver Mercedes involved in a hit and run accident. Troopers found the car on the side of the interstate at mile marker 23 and discovered Gilbert Pearsall dead inside.
That Mercedes matched witnesses’ description of a vehicle in the Crestmoor Road area saw about the time of the murder.
Vickie Pearsall, 48, sued Gilbert Pearsall for divorce in Davidson County Circuit Court last October 26. The case was still pending.
Just before that, police arrested Gilbert Pearsall for domestic assault against his wife last October 22. The case was dismissed in March.