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Hazard cold case still unsolved 30 years later

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Three decades and still no answers.

Thursday marks 30 years since 20-year-old Debbie Eckles was found murdered in the Walkertown section of Hazard.

It the only murder in recent history that remains unsolved within city limits.

However, despite the time that has passed, Hazard Police are not giving up on finding her killer.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said knowing that the person responsible for Debbie Eckles death is still out there is something that is not lost on his department.

"That case has always been probably on every officers mind that ever worked here because it has been an unsolved murder," said Allen.

Back in 1983, Eckles was found stabbed to death.

Allen said the gruesome nature of her murder can only mean one thing.

"A crime of passion of some type of revenge just because of the nature of how many times that she was stabbed. It seems like someone was really wanting to try to punish her for some reason," said Allen.

The mystery of who killed Debbie Eckles is still on the mind of many people in Hazard and the police are hoping that interest will help create some new leads in the case.

"Years have passed and you know, I keep holding out that somebody might be sitting there with a guilty conscious or have come to some different understanding in life that they feel like they need to get something off their chest," said Allen.

It is a sentiment Eckles' older sister Carolyn Miniard shared with us during an interview in 2011.

"That was my baby sister and I did not want to lose her and I did not want this,"said Miniard.

Allen said he remains hopeful about the case.

"You hear of cases all the time, 30, 40, 50 years later that are solved or whatever. Maybe it will take a confession from somebody," said Allen.

If you have any information about Eckles' death, you are asked to contact Hazard Police.

Allen said years ago a man was tried in connection to the murder but he was later acquitted.

Kentucky State Police are also aiding in the investigation.


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