Perry County cold case remains unsolved three years later

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) Three years and still no answers. That is the reality facing the families of Roy and Wanda Campbell, a Perry County couple murdered on November 26, 2010. Wanda's family said these past three years have been a painfully, long wait for justice.

Wanda Campbell's sister Louise Couch said everyone that knew Wanda loved her.

"A good mother, a good grandmother, a wonderful sister, she was just perfect," said Couch.

Campbell's daughter Shirley Justen said that is why it is so hard to believe her mother is gone.

"It changed me as a person, you know? I cannot ever get her back and to lose your mother is one thing. But for her to be murdered, it puts it in an entire other category. And you know, you truly cannot process it. Your brain just cannot process mother and murder," said Justen.

Now this family is devoted to one thing. They said finding their loved one's killer and bringing them to justice is their number one priority.

"That is the last thing I told her when I left her at the funeral home. That is the last thing I told her was we would find who had done this to her," said Justen.

Couch added that she has faith this murder will be solved.

"We are hoping and I am not going to give up hope. One of these days, we will find out who did it," said Couch.

Kentucky State Police continue to help in that search. But at this time, leads are few and far between. Still, KSP Detective Clayton Stamper said he hopes tips will lead to a break in the case soon.

"We would be glad to meet with them to see what kind of information they have," said Stamper.

Until an arrest is made though, Justen said it is hard to cope with such a devastating loss.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my first thought was 'I have to call my mother', you know? Then the next thought was 'I cannot call her'. You know, I do not have that support anymore," said Justen.

Wanda's husband Roy was a prominent businessman in Hazard. If you have any information, you should call state police at 606-435-6069.

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