Cold case is reopened

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Nearly eight years ago, a man was found beaten to death and left in a car over a hill in Martin County.

Nearly a decade later, police say his alleged killers are still free and they are re-examining the case.

His family still wants justice.

Police believe someone in Martin County knows who killed Calvin Blackburn and they are asking for help.

His brother is begging for those people to come forward.

Harvey Blackburn lost his baby brother Calvin nearly eight years ago, but the pain never goes away.

“Just devastated. Calvin was a young man in the prime of his life. He was our brother, and we loved him,” Harvey Blackburn said.

June 23rd, 2002, Calvin Blackburn's car was found over a hill in Trace Fork.

Police say the 33 year old was in the back seat, covered in blood and barely alive.

“He was beaten beyond recognition, placed in his own car, and shoved over a hill,” Harvey Blackburn said.

Blackburn died at a hospital a few days later.

“This man did not need to die. It was needless, it's a murder,” Mike Goble said.

Police are not giving up finding the killers. They believe Blackburn was beaten at a home in Rockhouse before he was put in his car and pushed over the Trace Fork hill.

“We know that there are people that are out there who have information about this case, who can help us and we're asking them to come forward and do that at this time,” Trooper Goble said.

Harvey Blackburn says he needs justice for his brother.

“There's just no reason for people who do these crimes to still be roaming the streets. These thugs are nothing to be afraid of. They need to be off the streets and in prison,” Blackburn said.

If you have any information on Calvin Blackburn's murder, you can call the Kentucky State Police Post in Pikeville.

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