Family of Joyce Skees still hoping for answers in unsolved murder 19 years later
Joyce Skees was shot and killed December 3, 1996 in the parking lot of the bank she worked at in Shively.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The murder of Joyce Skees is the Shively Police Department's oldest cold case. Skees’ family is hoping for a renewed push for tips19 years after she was killed, hoping someone who knows what happened will finally come forward.
“It's complete disbelief,” Mark Clore said of his sister’s murder.
“She was shot, they ran. We were told that there were two people running from the scene,” sister Janice Farish said.
It was December 3, 1996. Joyce Skees, a sister, wife and mother to two young boys, was murdered in the parking lot of the bank where she worked on Dixie Highway in Shively. Her youngest son Ryan was only five years old.
“I remember from the moment we were told to the funeral,” said Ryan Skees.
At the time of the murder a rendering was released of the suspect based off witness accounts. Then in 2009 Shively police released a new age progression rendering.
“I've lost my vengeance and it's turned to vigilance. You know, I want respect for my sister. I want justice for my sister,” Clore said.
Including justice for her two boys who had to grow up without a mom.
“There are a lot of pictures especially that I can cherish and look back on that show a lot of her personality and how wonderful she really was,” Skees said.
Her personality can be seen in this home video from a family party.
"Happy Birthday Daniel! Thanks for inviting me… oh and the kids too!” Joyce Skees said.
“Hearing her voice is just wonderful,” Clore said.
Although time has passed, the grieving never ends and not knowing who or why is the hardest part.
While the tips have slowed down, Shively Police Sergeant Josh Myers says many of the anonymous messages are open ended.
“Then again there were questions that we then had that prevented us from following up on it as much as we wanted to,” Myers said.
“Sometimes people's situations change and their environment changes and maybe you’re not afraid to come forward now, well now is the time to do it,” Farish said.
It's the least that can be done, she said, for a family who was robbed of so many more memories.
“Last year when I got married I didn't have a mother there standing next to my father watching me get married and I didn't have a mother to dance with,” Ryan Skees said.
If you have any information in this cold case, you are asked to call the Shively Police Department or Kentuckiana Crime Stoppers.
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