BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – The reward to find the killer of Bardstown police officer has topped the $100,000 mark after a pair of donations announced Thursday morning.
Louisville businessman Gus Goldsmith donated $50,000 to the reward fund. Another $10,000 was committed to the fund by Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts.
Goldsmith, the owner of Action Loan, also has provided $10,000 to the family of Officer Jason Ellis. Goldsmith said he made the donation because the murder of his brother 38 years ago during a robbery at the family's store. The case remains unsolved.
"I feel like if somebody at that time would have stepped up an offered a large reward it probably could have helped us at the time," said Goldsmith.
The announcement of the donations came as Bardstown prepared for the funeral of Ellis, who was gunned down in the early morning hours on May 25. Investigators believe Ellis was ambushed after he stopped his patrol car to remove debris from the roadway on an exit ramp of the Bluegrass Parkway as he was heading home from work.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said he's thankful for the donation and they hope this will encourage anyone with information about the death of Ellis to come forward.
"We aren't going to let it go," said McCubbin, "sweep it under the rug, we're going to stay on it."
Kentucky State Police are leading the investigation into the murder of Ellis.