Widow of slain Bardstown officer Jason Ellis, colleagues issue new plea for information in 2013 murder
Medley recalled returning to his beat about a week after Ellis was murdered. He and Ellis worked together on the same shift nearly every day. He last talked to him around 10 p.m. on May 24, 2013.
"It was so hard to come back, you were constantly looking over your shoulder because you weren't sure if there was some sort of threat," he said. "That, and Jason was no longer there. It's still hard to come to work some days. It's incredibly hard to move on because you don't know who is responsible and why."
The off-ramp where Ellis was killed is covered in American flags and a cross, bearing the name and the badge number of the fallen officer across the front. There are teddy bears and baseballs, too – a tribute to Ellis' time as a baseball player that had ultimately led to him playing three years with the Cincinnati Reds minor league team in Montana.
More than 1,000 police officers from around the country honored the fallen officer during his burial at Highview Cemetery. In a heartbreaking moment during the ceremony, Ellis's K9, Figo, touched his casket. The cemetery now sits silent.
Ellis's headstone is decorated with the hand prints of his two sons and the sport of baseball.
"To the person who knows something, I wish they would come forward," McCubbin told WDRB News on Thursday. "I am not even talking to the person who pulled the trigger. I am talking to the person who drove the car, or the person who noticed that a loved one was missing that night or felt something was odd. You hold the vital link to helping us solve this. We know that the person who pulled the trigger will not come forward, so now we must put some attention on the other people who know what happened that night."
It's a numbing pain that is also felt with troopers and investigators at Elizabethtown post of the Kentucky State Police – the agency that has taken the lead in the Ellis murder investigation, with an assist from the Louisville FBI office.
"This was a cowardly act and it will take some courage for someone to come forward," said Lt. Jeremy Thompson. "I still feel firmly that an arrest will be made on this case. We get information daily and we look into each and every tip that we receive, we just haven't received that piece of information that we need in order to move forward."
Thompson said KSP is hoping the video release of Amy Ellis' message will encourage anyone who may have information about the case to contact authorities. The reward funds for this case have reached $185,000 for tips leading to an arrest and conviction.
"It is very unusual to have a reward amount this high," Thompson said. "And for nothing valuable to come out of that with such a large amount of money out there is odd. Be we have not given up hope."
That is why the focus is no longer on pleading with the shooter or shooters to come forward.
It's also why Amy Ellis is issuing her very public plea, despite the emptiness of her heartbreak.
"This crime is still unsolved and someone, somewhere can come forward," she says. "Someone can help us move on in Jason's absence and someone have a part in seeing that this tragedy will not happen to others. Do not hide in the dark shadows any longer. Have the courage to help end this horror and show that justice can prevail."
Anyone can submit tips by contacting the KSP Elizabethtown Post at (270) 766-5078 or call the toll-free KSP Tip Line at (800) 222-5555. An email address has also been established for tips at EllisCaseETips@ky.gov. You can also text a tip confidentially using a cell phone. Simply text the tip to 67283, type KSPTIP in the message field, leave a space and enter your tip information.
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