Sister of victim in Bullitt County murder pleads for answers - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Sister of victim in Bullitt County murder pleads for answers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman's body was found in a burning home, and her boyfriend's body was dumped in a creek.

As Bullitt County investigators search for clues, loved ones are making a desperate plea.

"She was the best sister in the world," Mary Johnson said. "You couldn't ask for nobody better than her." 

Johnson talks about her sister Missy in the past tense, even though there's still no official word the 51-year-old is dead.

"I knew in my stomach, my gut, that it's my sister."

Wednesday will mark a week since Johnson learned the unthinkable happened to Melissa Ann Thompson in one of the worst ways possible. 

She spoke with WDRB News by Skype on Tuesday from Illinois.

"A neighbor of theirs had posted on Facebook that Craig and Melissa's house had caught fire," Johnson said.

Flames ripped through the home on Audubon Drive in Bullitt County, where crews found a woman's body inside.

Johnson immediately got on the phone calling everyone she could think of, starting with the sheriff's office, only to be bounced from agency to agency.

"Then the lady at the fire department gave me the number to Dave Billings, and when I called, and he said Billings Funeral Home, I knew that it wasn't good news."

The body was so badly burned that the coroner couldn't identify her. But then there was another blow.

"When they said that she'd been shot and killed, my first instinct was that the boyfriend did it," Johnson said. "But they told me that the boyfriend didn't do it."

Authorities found Craig Ickes' body floating in creek off Old Highway 245 on Friday.

"How can somebody do this?" Johnson asked. "My sister didn't deserve to die. Craig didn't deserve to die. We just can't understand."

And now Johnson is pleading with the community.

"If anyone knows anything, please please come forward and give us some answers ... This waiting is just killing everybody up here." 

Authorities are going to Illinois on Thursday to collect DNA from Thompson's family to compare to the remains from the home.

If you have any information, call police. 

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