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2 years after Kroger employee's murder, family adds to reward

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two years after a Kroger employee is murdered, police are still searching for the killer and the victim's family is taking action. They're hoping money will help generate leads.

The case has gone somewhat cold after the charges against the original suspect were dropped.

Now family members are adding to the reward already on the table, hoping it will lead to an arrest and conviction.

"It has been two years and my son's murder is still unsolved," said Jack Combs Jr., the victim's father.

He says he wants answers now. So he is trying to generate some movement in his son's murder case.

"One could not commit much worse of a trespass than shooting and killing my son," Combs said.

His son, Jack Combs III, was shot and killed at the end of his shift outside the St. Matthews Kroger store in November of 2013. Shortly after the murder, St. Matthews Police held a press conference and announced there was an arrest.

"It did give me some relief," Combs said. 

But the relief was short-lived. Police initially charged another employee, Aaron Cross, with the murder, however, the case was dismissed without prejudice. That means Cross could still be charged.

Now, Combs and his family are taking action and hoping someone out there can help solve the case.

"I bet you that there are five or ten people in this good community that know what happened to my son," he said.

Right now, there is already a $30,000 reward. Family members are adding an additional $25,000. They're hoping the combined $55,000 will motivate someone to come forward and help solve the case.

"We need for somebody to come forward and advice the police what they know so that we can have justice for my son," Combs explained.

"If that entices somebody to come forward with some more information, we greatly appreciate it," said Officer Troy Armstrong, with St. Matthews Police.

St. Matthews Police are still working the case but need a little help from the public.

"People think that the information they have may not be important or relevant, contact us, we'll investigate it, if it's not, no harm done," Armstrong said.

Meanwhile, Aaron Cross is in prison but for another crime.

"I don't know whether he was involved or not, the police tell me that there is substantial evidence against that individual," said Combs.

Anyone with information about the case can contact St. Matthews Police at 502-893-9000.

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