Family of slain Nelson Co. mother, daughter makes emotional plea


by C.J. Daniels, Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 11:25 PM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – The family of Kathy and Samantha Netherland are asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for their murders.

In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, Netherland’s sister Stacey Hibbard spoke emotionally about the days leading up to their death.

“I begged God to make it untrue,” she said. “I have done nothing harder in my life than tell Holly that her mother and sister were dead.”

Hibbard described Samantha’s happiness about going to prom and having the best school year of her life.

Instead, Hibbard said the family was preparing for Kathy and Samantha’s funeral. Since Samantha never got to wear the dress she was supposed to wear to prom, Hibbard said they made the decision to allow her to be buried her in it.

It’s been three months since the tragedy in the tight-knit Botland community outside of Bardstown. Hibbard says the family is pushing through.

“The pain has settled in, not quite as suffocating as in the beginning. We love them and we miss them every day,” Hibbard said.

Police are still searching for a black Chevy Impala that was seen leaving the area at the time of their deaths.

Kentucky State Police say they will continue to investigate every small tip until the case can be brought to closure.

The family of Kathy and Samantha Netherland are offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who can offer information that can lead to an arrest.

If you have any information, call the Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown at 270-766-5078.

For Hibbard's full statement click here and here for the second page.