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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People across the country are being asked to help solve the murder of a Kentuckiana police officer.
Outside the Bardstown Police Department there's a plaque and even a flag that serve as reminders, but the FBI has taken it a step further with digital billboards. The billboards are on display across the country. After four months and hundreds of leads, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin is willing to try just about anything.
"You know, we're not too proud to say we need the public's help," says Chief Rick McCubbin, with Bardstown Police.
Recently, the FBI put the digital billboards up along interstates in places such as Ohio. They're asking for tips in the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.
Chief McCubbin says, "It might be three states away, but somebody might hear something that triggers that I wonder if that's got something to do with that cop in Kentucky, that's what we're hoping for."
The billboards are not up in Kentuckiana, but Chief McCubbin has heard from friends across the country who have seen the signs. He says, "I know people everywhere and I've had a friend as far away as Cleveland, Ohio to just send me a hello message and hey by the way, one of those billboards, I saw. So it's really reaching outside of Kentucky."
Officer Ellis was shot and killed in what police call a carefully planned ambush. It happened in May of this year when Ellis stopped to remove debris from the roadway on the Bluegrass Parkway. Since the murder, Kentucky State Police have taken the lead in finding his killer but the FBI recently added $50-thousand dollars to the reward money and those digital billboards.
"I think the billboards are a great additions, sad addition, but we just have to continue to use them. We know that somebody out there knows more than they are saying and we just want to keep that image alive."
Chief McCubbin wanted to point out that any tips from the public will remain anonymous. The reward in the case is also close to $200,000.