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Family of Bardstown murder victims appeals for information

Posted: Updated: Jul 23, 2014 08:00 PM
Stacey Hibbard spoke to the media asking for help from the public Wednesday. Stacey Hibbard spoke to the media asking for help from the public Wednesday.
Kathy and Samantha Netherland were found dead in April. Kathy and Samantha Netherland were found dead in April.
Police say this car may have something do with the murder. Police say this car may have something do with the murder.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Nelson County family buries their loved ones without knowing who killed them, or why.

The murders happened in April, and since then, we've heard from police, neighbors and a few relatives. Wednesday, the victims’ family reached out to the public for help.

“The nightmare began April 22nd around 10 when I received a phone call." Surrounded by family, friends and Kentucky State Police, Stacey Hibbard made a desperate plea to the public for help in the unsolved murders of her sister and niece.

"The only thing I could understand was that my sister Kathy and my niece Samantha were dead," Hibbard said.

48-year-old Kathy Netherland and her daughter, Samantha, we're found murdered inside their home in the Botland community of Bardstown in April.

“We are here today to remember Kathy and Samantha,” Hibbard said, “and that it has been three months since they were taken from us."

Since then, Kentucky State Police have worked hundreds of leads with no arrest, and that's why Hibbard prepared and read a two page statement. She also gives us some insight into what the Netherlands were doing just days before the murders.

“Only a few days earlier Kathy had sent me a text.” Hibbard explained, “It read, what does your schedule look like for Saturday, April 26th.”

Hibbard said Samantha was headed to the prom and had picked out her dress.

“This picture represents the last time I saw Samantha alive.” Hibbard said as she gestured to a photo of Samantha Netherland in a prom dress. “Kathy's text to me was the last time I talked to her. Two days after Kathy and Samantha picked out her prom dress, they were dead.”

Shortly after the murders, Kentucky State Police released images of a black Chevy Impala, saying: find the car; catch the killer. That hasn't changed.

“We believe that vehicle will hold the answers to help us crack this case," Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory said.

“That car may be the key to solving this terrible crime,” added Hibbard. “Any information that you have, even the slightest detail is important."

The family has also started a reward fund to be offered in the case.

Anyone with information should call KSP post 4 at 270-766-5078.

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