State police talk about latest Nelson County murders, video released

NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's now been one week since a Nelson County mother and her 16-year-old daughter were found dead in their home. State police say Kathy and Samantha Netherland were murdered, but they have not made any arrests in the case. But they hope some newly released surveillance video will bring in some new clues.

It's the first time we're hearing an update from investigators working on the case. And it's also the first time we're seeing surveillance video that could lead police to who's responsible for these murders.

Hundreds of tips are still pouring in surrounding the murders of teacher Kathy Netherland and her 16-year-old daughter, Samantha, at their home in Nelson County.

"A lot of them aren't going to match, and that's okay. We want to check whatever we can check," said Trooper Jeff Gregory, with Kentucky State Police.

And state police still need the community's tips, hoping this surveillance video from businesses down the street from the Netherland's home helps. It shows the 2006 to 2013 model black Chevy Impala driving on U.S. 150 away from the crime scene towards Bardstown. Police think the murder suspect or suspects were in this car.

"The person who is responsible may not have ownership of that car, but it may be a car they borrowed," said Trooper Gregory.

The video isn't clear enough to get a license plate number or even see how many people are in the car. State police also cannot answer other questions, like were the Netherlands were targeted or was it a random act? Were there any signs of forced entry? And how were they killed?

"I can't say," said Trooper Gregory. "I'm not going to be able to talk anything about the crime scene or motive right now."

One week into the investigation, state police say they need more time. But they believe if they can find out who is in that black Chevy Impala, then they think they can crack this case.

A vigil for the Netherlands will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the new Nelson County Government Courthouse/Justice Center.

Nelson County's total number of murders for the past year is now three, which are all unsolved. The other case involves Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis who was killed last May. Police say the two cases are not connected.


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