KSP hold news conference, review clues in 2014 deaths of Bardstown mother and daughter

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) – Nearly five years after a mother and daughter were killed in their home in Bardstown, Kentucky State Police are still looking for answers.

On Wednesday morning, police held a news conference to review the clues they've gathered in connection to the deaths of 48-year-old Kathy Netherland and her daughter, 16-year-old Samantha. The two were found dead in their home on April 21, 2014.

"It's the first thing you think of. It's the last thing you think of before you go to bed. They are always, always on our thoughts and minds," says Kathy Netherland's sister, Stacey Hibbard.

She, along with Kathy Netherland's father, and Kathy's other sister, Stephanie Thompson, were at the conference, and spoke to a handful of reporters, pleading for answers, saying someone must know something.

"I try not to focus on why it happened because there's nothing that Kathy or Samantha did in life that would ever explain the violence that was brought to their home," says Hibbard.

Investigators say surveillance video caught two pick-up trucks and a black 2010 to 2014 model Chevy Impala in the area around the Netherland's home, shortly after the murders. Troopers questioned and cleared the drivers of both trucks, but they've never been able to find the driver of the Impala.

Family members are hopeful troopers will get a break in the case.

"Obviously finding the car is important,” says Stephanie Thompson. “Someone knows something. Five years is a long time for our family to wait for answers. Especially on behalf of my parents. They need closure. Do the right thing."

Since the murders, Bardstown Elementary School has dedicated a playground in Kathy's honor, where she taught.

"Many of the staff members were close to her," says Paul Bowling, former Bardstown elementary School Principal. "I know that the kids that are there now didn't know her, but they know that she was somebody special, for sure."

Kathy's family is now working on creating a scholarship in Samantha's name. They hope to unveil that scholarship sometime this spring.

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