Still No Arrests In Murder Mystery

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

On January 10th, Marion Estep was found shot and left for dead by his car along the Hal Rogers Parkway in Perry County.

It has been more than six months since he was found and there still haven’t been any arrests, but the community has not forgotten about him.

The sheriff's department says they continue to follow every lead in the Estep case and family members say not a day goes by they don't think about what happened to him.

“It's something that we discuss as a family every day,” Joe Engle said.

Marion Estep preached at churches across eastern Kentucky for nearly 55 years and some say would give up the last dollar in his wallet to anyone that asked for it.

Hazard police officer Joe Engle says his grandfather's murder is still an open wound and something he thinks about every day.

“The biggest we do in his memory is how we live our lives. Live our lives the way he would have wanted us to live our lives,” Engle said.

Estep's murder on January 10th is still unsolved.

Perry County Sheriff's deputies say much of the evidence is still at the central crime lab in Frankfort.

“He was taken before his time, he had some good years left to help people. That's what it's all about, he wasn't a selfish guy, all his earthly possessions he would give away to people,” Engle said.

Detective Tony Eversole says a lot of their recent clues are pointing in the same direction.

He's hopeful the Sheriff's Department can bring the case to a close and give the family the answers they need.

“If they are out there I just ask that, you know, I don't have any hate toward them. People make mistakes, and they've made a bad mistake, hurt a lot of people, a lot of people that shouldn't be hurt,” Engle said.

Anyone with information should call the Perry County Sheriff's Department.

Joseph Engle says his grandfather always told him he would be a preacher.

Now in his grandfather's memory, Engle occasionally preaches at a church in Perry County.

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