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Bardstown Elementary School plans to dedicate playground to murdered teacher

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) - It's been more than 16 months since a Nelson County mother and daughter were found murdered in their home. 

As the investigation into who killed Kathy and Samantha Netherland continues, Bardstown Elementary School is dedicating a new playground to the slain teacher this week. 

It's a way for her name to live on at the school where she used to teach. 

"Of all people, she'd be very humbled by this," said Kathy's sister, Stacey Hibbard. "I think she'd be really, really proud and really excited. And I think maybe more than anything else, she would just be so joyful for the kids that are going to benefit from this." 

Hibbard describes Kathy as a devoted special education teacher. 

"When you went to her house, her house was always full of stuff that she was using for school," Hibbard recalled. 

It's when Kathy didn't show up at school on one April morning last year that alarm bells started going off. 

Police would later find Kathy and her 16-year-old daughter Samantha brutally murdered inside their home. 

"Knowing that there still is someone out there that hasn't been caught and in the back of your mind, that's always there ... it doesn't go away," Hibbard said about the unsolved case. 

Investigators released a photo of a black Chevy Impala shortly after the murders. They believe the suspect or suspects were inside. 

More than a year later, police haven't found the car, and whoever killed Kathy and Samantha remains a mystery. 

"She would have been well on her way to a very, very successful life," Hibbard said about Samantha. 

We're told Samantha loved school. She would have started her senior year this fall. 

A scholarship was created in her memory to help other students.

The playground that will be dedicated to Kathy on Tuesday adds to the effort to make sure their names aren't forgotten. 

"The fact that people do remember, it's not just a family effort, it's an effort from the community ... it helps a lot of the hurt. To know that people share in your love and admiration of Kathy and Samantha and that we're not alone in the sadness that we have," Hibbard said. 

The reward in this case stands at $50,000. 

Anyone with information is asked to the Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown at 270-766-5078. 

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