LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The murder of Bardstown, Ky., Police Officer Jason Ellis is unusual in part because of the circumstances — he was slain on his way home in an apparent ambush on a highway off-ramp early in the morning.
But it's also unusual because, nearly a month after his death on May 25, the case remains unsolved. All previous homicides of Kentucky law enforcement officers in the decade before Ellis' killing were solved within 24 hours, according to a Courier-Journal review of cases.
There were a dozen such homicides, with officers dying in shootings, crashes during police pursuits and from assault. The review found that a suspect was taken into custody almost immediately each time, and it was never a mystery who was responsible. Not so with Ellis. The Kentucky State Police said this week that they still don't have a suspect, despite having eight to 10 investigators working on the case at any given time, as well as enlisting the help of the FBI, the Secret Service, state and federal probation offices, parole boards, local jails and state prisons.