Police find pieces of bone after tip led to digging in Elizabethtown

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 8:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A startling development in Elizabethtown where police were digging last week for a buried body.  Police announced on Friday, Feb. 28, that they found pieces of bone off East Railroad Avenue. Now we’ve learned the tip that lead to that dig has now lead to another murder investigation.

We’d heard that a man who once lived in that area off East Railroad Avenue made a death bed murder confession. Now we are hearing from the woman he made that confession to. It’s her first time speaking about his words and her actions to alert police.

“He said ‘I murdered two men.’ He said ‘I shot one man in the head and put him in a cave.’ He said ‘they already knew about that one but they just couldn't pin it on me’ was what he said...and then he said he killed another person and buried him in my driveway on Railroad Avenue. I said ‘Larry why would you kill men?’ and he said ‘over drugs’ he said ‘they screwed me so I showed them,’” Pamela Rhinehart said.

Her uncle Larry Sherrard was released from prison in 2012 after serving time for drug crimes.

This past year he had serious health problems. And at the beginning of this month he told his niece something she couldn't ignore.

Pamela Rhinehart had been caring for her uncle Sherrard in his final days.

After his confession he died 12 hours later.

“Larry looked at me and he’d been talking to the preacher and members of the church that week and he said ‘I don’t want to go to hell.’ I never expected...” Rhinehart said.

Two weeks after his death Rhinehart told Elizabethtown police about what her uncle said happened off East Railroad Avenue and about the body in a cave from 1988.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Department is now investigating that cold case and following up on Rhinehart’s tip.

Elizabethtown Police are waiting on test results to see if pieces of bone found off East Railroad are human remains.

Rhinehart is at peace with coming forward about her uncle.

“That was the right thing to do. I may not have been the best person growing up but when I found God I changed my life around and I don’t want to die and go to God and he say I leaned on you and you didn't tell what you should have told,” Rhinehart said.

This wasn't the first time that Sherrard had confessed. Rhinehart’s mother is now saying that Sherrard told her about the crimes a year ago but she didn't tell anyone.

“He said ‘I killed a man’ he said he shot him in the head and he said this other guy cut the carpet up around him and he said he and this other guy rolled him up in the carpet and put him in the trunk of my car and we drove him to put him in the cave,” Kathy Sherrard, Rhinehart’s mother, said.

 

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