Family still searching for answers in cold case

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

COMBS, Ky - Saturday marked three years since the body of a Perry County woman was found in a ditch.

But Deborah Oliver’s family says they still do not know what really happened the night she died.

When police found Deborah or "Debbie" Oliver’s body near the side of a road in Perry County, they determined that cold temperatures caused her death.

But her family believes there's more to the story.

“She should not have died in that manner, just like a woman found in a ditch, that’s just not her,” said Debbie’s sister, Kathy Terry.

December 8th, 2009 --- that's the day Debbie Oliver's body was found near the side of Ladder Branch Road in the Combs community of Perry County.

“It was ruled an accident. They said she fell in a ditch, they don't really know if she fell in a ditch, she was found in a ditch,” says Terry.

Oliver’s two sisters say they have more questions than answers about the night she died.

“At first it’s devastating and then it turns into anger because I feel like there are people out there that know something about her death,” says Debbie’s sister, Karen Howard.

Police reports indicate that Debbie Oliver died from hypothermia but family members police that someone driving a truck hit her when she was walking on the side of the road and then left her there to die.

They have been told someone driving a white truck dropped Debbie off in the hollow and then she stumbled and was hit somehow on the way out.

“For them not to come forward that makes me believe that there’s something that has happened because she didn’t walk up that hollow by herself, it was too cold. Someone had to give her a ride up there,” says Howard.

They say the worst part is waiting for more answers.

“We want to know even if it’s going to hurt us. It’s the not knowing is what really hurts.”

Both sisters feel that more than anything, they owe it to Debbie’s memory to uncover what truly happened that night.

State Police say the case is still open and they are still looking for information.

If you know anything about the events surrounding Debbie Oliver’s death, you can contact State Police in Hazard.

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