Detectives investigating double homicide in Hardin County

Elizabethtown, KY - By Matt McCutcheon – bio | email

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Detectives in Hardin County are investigating a double homicide north of Elizabethtown.

Kentucky State Trooper Bruce Reeves says local police responded to a call about the murders at 3651 Shepherdsville Road just after 5 a.m. from the victims' son.

When officers arrived at the home, they discovered an elderly couple in their 70s.  They were 76-year-old Margaret Buggeland and her husband 70-year-old Terje Buggeland.  Both are retired OBGYNs who used to work together.

Police say the couple's son checked on them every day and discovered them dead in their bedroom when he went for a visit early Tuesday.

Reeves would not released how they were killed, but did say there was no sign of forced entry or a recovered weapon.

Police want to talk with the couple's other son, 35-year-old Erik Buggeland ,who lived at the home but hasn't been seen since their bodies were found.

The couple's car is also missing. Troopers are looking for a gold 2003 4-door Honda Accord with Kentucky license plate 009 EDC.

Investigators don't know why the son cannot be located, and they are not sure if he took his parents' car. He is not considered a suspect at this time but police do have some questions for him.

"We do want to find him to talk to him," Reeves said. "We don't know the situation - if he's in this car or if the car is somewhere else."

One neighbor who woke up to find police vehicles outside were stunned.

"It's just really shocking to see this kind of thing happen in this area," said one man who lives near the murder scene.

If you've seen the Honda, you're asked to call Kentucky State Police at 270-766-5078.

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