Community devastated by officer's death searches for answers to new tragedy

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NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Bardstown community has been trying to heal the deep scars left by the murder of police officer Jason Ellis. He was gunned down last May as he was driving home from work.

Then Tuesday, the small community was rocked again and old scars were reopened when police found the bodies of 16-year-old Samantha Netherland and her 48-year-old mother Kathy.

"We have no explanations and therefore it's all the more heartbreaking. There's a grief there that won't go away anytime soon," said Judy Parrish, the owner of Bardstown Booksellers.

Investigators aren't saying how the Netherlands were killed in their Springfield Road home, just that there was trauma to both of their bodies.

Kentucky State Police say they don't have any answers in the double homicide case yet.

"It's very sad. I hope they get to the bottom of it and find out what took place. I mean there are no clues whatsoever," said neighbor William Jones.

Parrish said, "We want answers and we want to feel safe in our small community."

She also says she thinks some people started losing their sense of security when police didn't find the shooter who killed Ellis.

However, she says they won't stop hoping for the answers that will finally bring their hurting community closure.

"Ultimately solving it and moving on will be the true healing," Parrish said.

The funeral for the Nelson County women will be Monday at Parkway Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

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