UPDATE: Family of victims in deadly Perry Co. fire offer increased reward

By: Matthew Rand, Steve King, Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Matthew Rand, Steve King, Tanner Hesterberg Email
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SCUDDY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 1/13/2015:

Two years later, and there are still no answers in a Perry County murder case.

Police found Sandra Kay Melton, 64, and her daughter Suzy Melton, 35, dead inside their burned Scuddy home in 2013.

Family members doubled their reward in the hopes that someone will come forward with information in the case.

"You know, they told us in the beginning that it is likely someone that we know and that is close to the family, so for the last two years, everyone we look at, we're wondering you know if they did it," said Carolyn Ramey, Sandra Kay Ramey's niece and Suzy Melton's cousin.

Police say their deaths became suspicious following autopsies at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort.

"The preliminary results of that autopsy concluded that both deaths of the two victims were not consistent with the fire only," said KSP spokesman Jody Sims.

Now, family members are offering a $5,000.00 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

"I hope the person responsible suffers every day of his life," said Ramey. "I know in the end God will make him suffer, but we would like to see it here on earth. We'd like to see justice done."

While police are still waiting on leads, family members still hold on to hope someone will step forward and help solve this case.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the Kentucky State Police post in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

Update 4/5/2013:

UPDATE: SCUDDY, Ky. (WYMT) - No arrests have been made in the deaths of 64-year-old Sandra Melton and her daughter, 35-year-old Suzy Melton, who police say died in a suspicious fire.

Even though the remains of their burned house in Scuddy have been cleared away, the memories still remain sharp in the family's minds.

"I can be watching TV or just doing little things. They're just always in my mind," said Wanda Messer, a family member.

Sandra Melton's niece, Carolyn Ramey, said officials revealed to her how the mother and daughter died.

"On autopsy they discovered both my aunt and my cousin had been shot before the house had been set on fire," Ramey said.

Now the family is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

"Somebody out there knows what happened. And we're just asking for anybody to please come forward and help us with this," said Ramey.

"These people could be around us every day. It's scary to know that somebody could do something like this," Messer said.

One family member said police told her the killer was likely someone that knew the victims.

State Police were unable to talk about the investigation today. The coroner also told us he also did not want to comment at this time.

Original Story 1/14/2013:

A house fire early Sunday morning claimed the lives of an eastern Kentucky mother and her daughter.

The fire happened on Scuddy Branch Road near Vicco in Perry County and claimed the lives of Sandra Kay Melton, 64, and Suzy Melton, 35.

James Melton was out of town when his wife and daughter died in the blaze.

"I was in Somerset visiting my daughter and they called down there and told me," Melton said, wiping tears from his eyes. "I just knew it was bad when they told me they couldn't find them."

Firefighters responded to the scene around 6:15 Sunday morning. They believe the fire started on a skillet on the stove.

"We do see a lot of house fires," Kentucky State Police spokesman Tony Watts said. "And we do see a lot of them that are caused by kitchen fires."

Watts said this particular fire was "really traumatic to the community and really traumatic to the family."

James Melton said his wife was a housewife and his daughter was disabled.

The Meltons have lived on Scuddy Branch Road for more than 30 years.

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