Family of murdered Nelson County mother and daughter increase reward for information
"I miss them more than anything in the world," said Holly Netherland, who lost her mother and sister at the same time. "No one realizes just how much I wish I could trade places with them."
Police say Kathy and Samantha Netherland were killed on April 21 of last year and discovered the next day.
"The first thought that ran through my head was 'God, you can't take them. You took my daddy, you can't have them too.' But no amount of begging, screaming or crying was going to bring them back," Holly Netherland said.
Kathy was a special education teacher at Bardstown Elementary School. Samantha was a sophomore at Bardstown High School.
"Samantha had so much potential that she will never get to realize. I would give anything to hear Samantha sing again. I would give anything just to tell my mom how much she influenced me," Holly Netherland said.
Family members say Samantha was beaten and her throat was slashed. Kathy was shot. Police have released few other details about the case.
"Anytime you have somebody that's committed a double murder, then there's obviously somebody that's running around that we don't want to be free," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory. "That's why we've worked diligently for a year to try to get this solved."
About a week after the murders, police thought they were close to finding who did this. They released a photo of a newer model black Chevy Impala - saying the killer or killers were inside.
"The vehicle does not appear to have a chrome strip or a rear spoiler and may have a small antenna mounted above the center of the rear windshield. At the time, the windows did not appear to be tinted," Gregory said.
One year later and the car still hasn't been found.
"It would seem that there has to be a person that has information that would be helpful," said Kathy Netherland's sister, Stacey Hibbard.
The family has started a Facebook page for tips and will be running ads in the Kentucky Standard starting this week. The reward for information has gone from $2,500 to $50,000.
"Actually, it's I guess you could say Holly's inheritance," Hibbard said. "We felt it was important enough, and so did she, that it would be worth putting up that amount of money so that hopefully there would be a conclusion."
Hibbard says the money may help get someone who's on the fence or scared to contact police.
"If you know something, I'm begging you to please come forward. Please give us closure," Holly Netherland said.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call investigators at 270-766-5078.
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