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UPDATE: One year later officials still searching for missing Pike Co. man, foul play suspected

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SHELBY GAP, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 6/3/14 -

This month marks one year since a Pike County family last saw their loved one. Police say, Jimmy Kelly, went missing in the Shelby Gap community. They found his car ... but the case is now getting cold. Police suspect foul play but have not made any arrests. Now, Kelly's wife simply hopes for a proper burial.

"We know the older it gets, the colder it gets," says Valerie Kelly. It has been one year since she has seen her husband.

Living in agony for the past year with more questions than answers.

"I really don't know anything other than I did a year ago, but I never stop trying, I never stop searching, praying, hoping ... the whole family doesn't," she says.

Kelly says she has to accept the fact her husband is most likely not coming home alive.

"We will not give up hope. He is my husband, he is a son, he is a brother... and we need closure," says Kelly.

That is why the family continues to offer $10,000 for information leading to Kelly or the conviction of those responsible.

While it has been one year, officials at Kentucky State Police Post 9 say they continue to actively investigate Kelly's disappearance.

Detective Jimmy Anderson says, "We definitely believe there is foul play suspected in his disappearance and that there is more than one individual involved."

So, as the search continues Kelly says she knows the answers will not bring her husband back. However, she does hope they can help give her husband a proper goodbye.

"I pray that we can have a graveside to visit."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Post 9 at 606-433-7711 or the tip hotline at 1-800-543-7723.


UPDATE 9/16/13

A man last seen in Pike County has been missing for more than three months. Jimmy Kelly's wife says it has been a nightmare but that the family is not giving up.

Valerie Kelly has not seen or heard from her husband for more than 3 months.

Kelly says, "It has just been a nightmare. You are living your life, everything is normal and your husband leaves the house and he just doesn't come back. What's happened? Where is he? It is like he's been snatched away."

Kelly says her husband left the house on June 12th to go run errands but never returned.

"I know virtually maybe a little more than I knew 3 months ago," says Valerie Kelly.

The only sign of Kelly came when his car was discovered in the Kelly Mountain area of Shelby Gap in Pike County.

Officials at Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville say they are actively investigating leads in the case.

Now, family members are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the wherabouts of Kelly.

"We will not give up, we will never give up until we've got some answers and hopefully find him we pray to God. For some sort of closure or God forbid if somebody did something to him, we just want to know, we have to have that," says Kelly.

As they continue searching for any piece of information while relying on the community's help and support.

Kelly says, "Want to thank people for their outpouring of love and support for me and their prayers. It has really meant a lot to me."

Using that support to find strength to remain hopeful.

Anyone with information is asked to contact KSP Post 9.

UPDATE 8/18/13
It has now been more than two months since a Pike County man was last seen.

Jimmy Kelly was last seen on June 12th near Shelby Gap. Friends and family continue to search the area.

His car was found shortly after his disappearance with no sign of him nearby.

Family members are still offering a reward for any information that leads to the whereabouts of Kelly.

If you have any information contact state police.
UPDATE 6/30/13
A Pike County man has been missing for more than two weeks, leaving his family with many questions and no answers. The family is now offering a reward for any information leading to Jimmy Kelly.

Kelly's sister, Sandy Moore says, "We are still searching every day...we aren't going to quit, we have to find him."

Fmily members say they have not seen or heard from Kelly since June 12th.

Moore says, "His vehicle was found, there is no clue he was there...just nothing is adding up."

Kayla Kelly, says the search for her cousin has been a nightmare. "When you can't find somebody and lay down at night and can't sleep, that's all you see is him. You don't know if he is alive out there somewhere, you don't know if he is dead somewhere laying for days, you know...we don't know," explains Kelly.

This leaves his family with many questions and no answers, which is why they are now offering a reward for information that leads to the location of Kelly

Kayla Kelly says, "We know somebody out there knows something. You know how money talks and if there is a reward offered maybe somebody will come through with information."

Family members say the uncertainty of not knowing where he is hurts more and more each day. "It is just getting harder every day, everybody is searching but we aren't coming up with anything...but we wont quit!"

"Please if anybody knows anything...just help put our family's mind at ease. If it was your family, or anybody's family they'd want to know at least where he was," says Kelly.

The amount of the reward is not being released at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police post in Pikeville


UPDATE 6/21/13

Family members of a missing Pike County man say they are beginning to fear the worst. This comes after Jimmy Kelly's car and other evidence were found earlier this week.

They have searched for more than one week. Kelly's sister, Sandy Moore says, "My mom has been out on foot, my neighbors were out on horseback, my husband and father-in-law were out on ATVs, just going in every direction, daylight until dark."

Kelly was last seen on June 12th in the Shelby Gap area of Pike County.

Kelly's brother, Kenny Kelly, came from Ohio to help search and earlier this week located his brother's vehicle.

"It was no place anyone would've had that vehicle, it couldn't have been there and it was obvious from the scene that he didn't put it there....just from things left in vehicle and just the whole scenario didn't fit," explains Kenny Kelly.

That is a reason Kenny Kelly says they will continue to search.

Those who are out searching say that the terrain has been difficult at times, but that is not stopping them from checking every possible location.

Kenny Kelly says, "We've been up and down every trail, every creek, over hills, on top of hills."

However, with each day that passes they say it becomes more difficult. "The first 48 hours you still have a lot of hope and after that it starts to dwindle...it is not looking good," says Kenny Kelly.

Family members say Jimmy Kelly was last seen some time between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on June 12th.

Anyone with information about Kelly or anyone he may have been with is asked to contact Kentucky State Police.


Family and friends are searching for a man in Pike County who has been missing for one week.

Family members tell us Jimmy Kelly was last seen June 12 near Shelby Gap.

His car was found yesterday with no sign of him nearby.

They are searching the mountain with four wheelers looking for any trace of him.

He is about 6'2" and 230 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information call state police.

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