Letcher County Man Found Stabbed To Death

By Heather Haley | 

An Eastern Kentucky man is stabbed to death in his home.

Around 11 o'clock Thursday night, state police received a call about a possible murder at the home of a Letcher County man. When they arrived, they found the man stabbed to death and officials say the suspect left in the victim’s truck.

Family members say 72 year old Hobert Elkins spent his last day doing something he enjoyed, gardening. They say his last words to them were I love you all and then he went inside.

"A search of the residence was done and in fact did find Mr. Elkins body with multiple stab wounds," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Tony Watts.

Officials say 22 year old Jonathan Marlow lived in the same area as Elkins. They say he went to Elkins' home to rob him and after allegedly stabbing him, they say Marlow fled the scene in Elkins' truck.

"I tried to stop him right here and I said that's my uncle Hobert's truck," said Shelia Holland.

Now Elkins' loved ones say they want answers.

"I don't know why he did this, but I want him to know that he done a crime, he's going to pull the time and he's not going to get out," Holland said.

Elkins' family says they will miss him, but they know he is now with his wife who died of cancer years ago. Elkins' brother Albert lives in Virginia, but he says they were close despite living in different states.

"There wasn't a day that passed that I didn't talk to him on the phone, sometimes 3 or 4 times," Albert Elkins said.

Marlow is being held at the Letcher County Jail.

"He has been charged with murder, robbery in the first degree, and burglary in the first degree," Trooper Watts said.

State police say Elkins' body has been sent to Frankfort for a full autopsy and they are still investigating. The family says they have not made funeral arrangements yet.

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