Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department
On Thursday morning, the Fraternal Order of Police released a letter that was sent to them from Officer Jason Ellis' wife, Amy.
In a letter addressed to the community of Nelson County, Amy Ellis thanks area churches, police departments, businesses and individuals who have lent their support. She also asks the community to continue praying for her family and remember her husband.
The Bardstown police officer was shot and killed during an ambush in May, along the Bluegrass Parkway. Police continue to receive tips about Ellis' murder on a weekly basis. But so far, none of those tips have led police to the officer's killer.
However, WKYT did learn an interesting new detail about a man who, just last month, claimed to be responsible for the killing.
Brant Sheckles, 24, was arrested for making threatening comments toward police, referencing the Ellis murder. At that time, police said they didn't believe Sheckles was a "viable suspect."
Thursday, police told WKYT that's because Sheckles was in jail the night of Officer Ellis' murder.
While police continue to search for Ellis' real killer, a reward fund continues to grow. Last week, the FBI donated $50,000 to the reward fund, bringing the total to $218,000.
Thousands of dollars have also been donated to Ellis' memorial fund. A new poster and digital billboard with information about Ellis' case will also be distributed nationwide.
The full text of her letter is below.
"To the community of Nelson County:
"Many of you knew Jason Ellis so it goes without saying how proud he would be of the community he worked so diligently to protect. Times like these are difficult and you never really know how you will respond until you are asked to deal with it. In Matthew 5:4 God promises to provide comfort to those who mourn and without Him I would be lost. I have witnessed firsthand Gods unending love through this tragedy. Besides that, the overwhelming support I have received from various churches, police departments, businesses, and individuals is astonishing. From words of encouragement to the preparation of family meals to a multitude of cards, letters, text, emails and phone calls it goes to show how caring and compassionate this community is through their ability to wrap their arms around those who face a life altering circumstance. I want you to know how appreciative I am and continue to gain strength from reading every letter, and I am lifted up with every prayer and am touched by every kind word. I ask that you continue to pray not only for me, Hunter and Parker but for all the officers and all others involved. Most of all I ask that you remember Jason.
"Thank you and God bless,