LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 19 months have passed since Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was gunned down on May 25, 2013. Police are still looking for his killer and believe someone in the community knows something. 

The reward is now up to $185,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Ellis case.

"Someone in our community, Nelson County, Bardstown, maybe a surrounding community just outside the county line, but someone in this area has information that can help solve this investigation," said Kentucky State Police Lt. Jeremy Thompson. "We're confident of that." 

Officials from Kentucky State Police, Bardstown Police and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office gathered Tuesday morning to once again ask the public for help.

"The bottom line is, someone needs to come forward and do the right thing," Thompson said. 

Police say they have received hundreds of tips, but lately they've slowed down. 

They stress that the case hasn't gone cold and said officers are still working on the case daily. 

"We know that there's a widow and two children out there that we have an obligation to solve this case for," Thompson said. "The frustration level is as high as it can go."

Ellis was on his way home from work and stopped to clear debris from the road. Police say he was ambushed and shot multiple times. It happened on Exit 34 off the Bluegrass Parkway. 

"It was definitely very logistically well planned and that is scary," said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin. 

Police say from the beginning, they believed more than one person was likely involved to carry this out. But investigators say they haven't determined a motive and they won't say for sure if Ellis was specifically targeted. There were no witnesses and no surveillance video.

"What I'm confident in is that because of the crime occurring here, and that its not been duplicated somewhere else in the same manner, there must be some local tie," Thompson said. 

Since Ellis' death, his fellow Bardstown Police officers have continued to do their jobs, even though a cop killer could be walking free. 

"We've got some great men and women here that have really sacrificed a lot in the last 20 months of their own personal feelings to continue to do the right thing," McCubbin said about the members of the Bardstown Police Department. 

The department asks that anyone with information contact police using one of the following methods:

  • Kentucky State Police, Post Four - 270-766-5078
  • Kentucky State Police, Tip Line - 1-800-222-5555
  • FBI, Louisville Office - 502-263-6000 (ext. 2)
  • KSP, Email - EllisCaseETips@KY.Gov

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