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Family of man found murdered in Phoenix Hill Neighborhood offers cash reward

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A day doesn't go by that Robert Scoles doesn't think about his brother Dennis.

"It's been the most difficult thing that our family has ever been through and it's been a struggle every day," Robert Scoles, brother of murder victim Dennis Scoles, told WDRB.

On the morning of April 3, police were called to Louisville's Phoenix Hill Neighborhood after 33-year-old Dennis Scoles was found dead on the front porch of his Rubel Avenue home.

Weeks later, there are still no arrests and still no suspects.

"At this point, we haven't heard much but we know that things develop slowly," said Scoles.

While Robert Scoles and his family hold out hope, LMPD's Homicide Commander Todd Kessinger told WDRB the case isn't exactly at a stand still.

"We didn't have a lot to start with but we've gotten quite a bit of information since then and we're starting to focus the investigation a little more at this point," Kessinger said.

He told WDRB it takes time to come to a conclusion.

"We're still trying to look at the evidence from the night that it happened and we're getting some of that evidence back from the labs. We're certainly working toward the direction to bring the case to a resolution," he added.

Police can't say for sure if Dennis was targeted or if his murder was random but family members say they know no one that wanted him dead.

"It had to have been random. He didn't have any enemies. No one had a negative word to say about him," said Robert Scoles.

An art major at U of L, there was nothing in Dennis Scoles' past that would be a red flag for police.

"From what I understand, he was a very good person. I didn't see anything in a criminal history," said Kessinger.

"Dennis was the life of the party. In fact, that's what I miss most about him, just his laugh and his sense of humor," said Scoles.

Dennis was Robert's little brother and he says they're part of a tight-knit family.

"We had family dinners once a month. We'd just all get together and sit around and tell stories and jokes and laugh and just spend time together," he told WDRB.

That's why the Scoles family has decided to offer a $5,000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest.

"I feel that someone, somewhere has some information and they're just holding onto it for whatever reason but we just wish someone would come forward and give that information to the police so they can move forward and get the person that did this and so Dennis can have justice," said Scoles.

If you have information about Dennis Scoles' murder, you're asked to call 574-LMPD.

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