Family of wife in double murder still asking for answers one year later

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

November 26 will mark one year since the double murder of Roy and Wanda Campbell. The well-known couple was found shot to death in their Perry County home. Family members are using the holidays to find answers. Shirley Justen asked one question this Thanksgiving.

“What do I have left to be thankful for?” said Justen
“How would my mother be wanting me to think?”

She said that her mother would never want the family to forget her, but would want them to remain thankful for all of the blessings they do have on Thanksgiving and every other day.

This time last year, Justen came down from Michigan to see her mother Wanda Campbell and her husband Roy. She did not know it would be the last visit.

“I just remember hugging her and telling her I loved her,” said Justen, sobbing in between words over the telephone.

The day after Thanksgiving is now a day of trying to close a wound that refuses to heal.

“I mean just imagine getting up the next day after Thanksgiving and receiving and getting a phone call early in the morning saying ‘Your sister's been murdered! I mean not killed, but murdered!’” said Wanda’s sister Louise Couch.

“When someone calls and says ‘Your mother has been murdered,’ mother and murdered, those words don't go together,” said Justen.
“Your brain can't really process mother and murder.”

Police said there are no solid leads.

“I have called for one solid year, every week if not once then twice to say do you know anything?” said Couch.

No one has come forward and the family said that they just want their questions answered. Justen said she could not imagine why someone would want to take the lives of the well-known couple.

“Whoever did this, they are inhuman, they cannot have a heart that beats inside them like we do,” said Justen.

Couch echoed the same frustration.

“Somebody went in on them and just killed them in cold blood and that's what we can't get past - it can't get out of our minds, it's in our hearts,” said Couch.

The family said they will not back down.

“If it takes the rest of my life, I’ll not give up,” said Couch.

“That was the last thing I said to her at the funeral home,” said Justen.

“I promised her and said mommy, will get justice for you, we will find who has done this and intend to keep that promise to her,” Justen said.

Justen said she plans on meeting with a private investigator next week. The family said even the slightest detail could make all of the difference.

"Don't let fear stop you from coming forward if you know something," said Justen.

Families of Roy and Wanda are both offering $10,000 a piece for information that leads to the person who committed the murders, for a total reward of $20,000. Anyone with any information is asked to call Kentucky State Police in Hazard at 606-435-6069.


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