Family still looking for answers in death of a loved one

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Two years have passed and a family is still not sure how one of their loved ones died.

Deborah Oliver, or Debbie as she was known to her friends and family, was found in a ditch in Perry County.

An autopsy would later show she died from hypothermia, but her family still wonders how debbie ended up in the ditch to begin with.

This time of year is especially hard for the sisters and mother of Debbie Oliver.

"She loved Christmas. She loved decorating, she loved to cook," said one of Debbie's sisters Kathy Terry.

"Debbie wasn't only just a sister, she was a best friend," said another sister Karen Howard.

Wiping the tears from their eyes, they remember Debbie on this anniversary knowing life will never be the same.

"It's not only missing Debbie, but it's looking around and seeing my family. The smiles that you see in this picture are no longer on their faces," said Debbie's mother Shirley McDaniel.

She is desperate for answers to how and why Debbie ended up in a ditch on Ladder Branch Road two years ago.

"To not have her with me is very hard. I think about her everyday, but today especially," said Terry.

The family knows Debbie died of hypothermia, but the circumstances around her death are unclear.

The family is offering a reward for information in the case that leads to an arrest.

"There are people out there that know something about Debbie, where she was at the night before they found her in the ditch," said Howard.

They want answers to find closure, to help ease the pain of missing their baby sister.

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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