KSP: Nelson Co. mother, daughter murdered in home

NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police are looking for three vehicles seen driving near a double-murder scene Tuesday morning in Nelson County.

According to a press release, the three vehicles  were seen traveling northbound on U.S. 150 from the Botland community into the city limits of Bardstown.

Descriptions of the vehicles include a dark colored Ford F-350 or F-450 flatbed pickup truck pulling a 20 to 24-foot cattle trailer (see photos in this story) as well as a 2006 or newer, four door, black Chevrolet Impala. The Impala looks identical to the stock photo in this story. Police are also looking for a mid- to late-1990s red Ford Ranger Super cab, stepside, pickup truck with aftermarket fenders and a sticker on the rear passenger side window.

Police believe the occupants of these vehicles may have witnessed something and want help in identifying who they are. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown at 270-766-5078.

Investigators have been tight-lipped in recent days since 48-year-old Kathy Netherland and her daughter, Samantha, were found murdered inside their home.

But businesses in the area have responded to a request from State Police for information that could help crack the case.

The house is no longer an active crime scene, but investigators have been busy in the area collecting video evidence.

"I know that several of the cameras, because they're focused out towards the gas pumps, they do hit the highway, so we can get the traffic going in both directions," said Ashley Smith, co-owner of 150 Quick Stop.

The convenience store is just a half-mile away from the house where the mother and daughter were killed earlier this week.

Smith says she and her husband gave police several hours of video from the store's extensive surveillance system, including cameras with images sharp enough to allow license plates to be read.

"I don't know exactly what the police were looking for, but I know my husband was up here at the store Tuesday night from, like 10:30 until past 1 o'clock in the morning working with the detectives," she said.

At nearby Bardstown Auto Wreckers, Phillip Wheatley says investigators obtained video from his cameras pointed toward Springfield Road.

"We have some pretty good pictures of out front, of traffic going by," he said.

Wheatley says investigators were especially interested in seeing video from Monday evening before nightfall.

"They were looking for three or four vehicles, I think, trying to pass through the area, and I think they found what they wanted," said Wheatley.

Smith says the community is still reeling from last year's unsolved murder of Officer Jason Ellis.

She says business owners want to do what they can to help catch this latest killer.

"It's very unsettling, especially in this community. You've got a lot of good, honest, hard-working people around here. You just don't hear of this kind of thing happening. You just don't," said Smith.

Kentucky State Police will not comment yet on how much video they've obtained or what it may show.

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