Overnight homicide victim was registered sex offender, Investigators still looking for clues

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police detectives are investigating an apparent homicide in Pleasure Ridge Park after officers were called to a home in a quiet neighborhood in the 9500 block of Cochise Way around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 64-year-old Donald Thornhill and say he was stabbed to death. LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says officers found Thornhill dead inside his home after someone called police.

"Just before 3:30 this morning, our detectives received what we believe to be a report of a homicide," Smiley said.

Officers say there weren't any obvious signs there was forced entry into the home.

"We have yet to determine whether or not there was forced entry into the residence, and whether or not there may have been other persons inside when this incident occurred," Smiley said.

Neighbor Dave Blevins last saw Thornhill Sunday, enjoying the holiday.

"He's having an Easter get together with some of the family and that's about all I know," Blevins said. "We went to bed and woke up this morning and we've got cop cars everywhere."

Whatever else police might know, they're not saying, including if they believe Thornhill's past might have anything to do with his death.

Thornhill served a total of 8 1/2 years in Kentucky prisons for two different convictions in the 1990s, one for two sex abuse charges in 1990 and another in 1995 for four counts of incest. Thornhill was released nine years ago and remained on the sex offender registry. If Blevins knew about all of that, it didn't affect his opinion.

"They're pretty good people," he said. "They're real good people. We've known them for years."

Detectives are working hard to find out who had a different opinion of Thornhill and enough anger to kill him in a quiet neighborhood where he was well-liked.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous LMPD crime tip line at 502-574-LMPD (574-5673).

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