State police searching Scott County park for evidence in high-profile murder case

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police and Lexington fire crews are scouring a Scott County creek, searching for evidence in the murder of a retired bus driver.

State police say after Sue Jones was murdered in 2010, they searched Elkhorn creek in Great Crossing Park.

Police started searching the park again Monday morning after they say they received another tip with specific information about evidence.

At this time, state police say they haven't found anything. Divers are still searching the water and crews are searching the ground near the creek.

State police aren't saying what they are looking for.

Four years after Jones was murdered, police arrested 30-year-old Nicholas Willinger and 28-year-old Ciji Jefferson. Jefferson is charged with complicity to commit burglary.

Willinger is facing murder charges. According to his arrest citation, he told police he broke into her home because he was told she kept a large amount of cash inside.

Police tell us Willinger beat Jones to death when he found her in the home.

State police say they will keep searching Great Crossing Park until they find what they are looking for.

The Lexington Fire Department Dive Team sent nine divers into Elkhorn Creek to assist in the search.

"We need a starting point to search. As you can imagine the Elkhorn Creek is very long so without a starting point it's very hard," explained diver Lt. Brad Dobrzynski, "visibility is very limited. Usually the length of your arm. A lot of times you can't even see your hand in front of your face. So it's all by feel."

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