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Recent tree removal may be tied to officer's murder

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Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department) Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
The police crustier driven by Jason Ellis parked at the scene of the murder. The police crustier driven by Jason Ellis parked at the scene of the murder.

ELIZAETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Detectives who are investigating the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis are asking for help from people who live in and around Nelson County.

Kentucky State Police want to hear from anybody who has had trees trimmed or removed on their property in the days leading up to Officer Ellis' murder. 

On May 25th, Ellis stopped on exit 34 off of the Bluegrass Parkway to clear debris when he was shot and killed in cold blood. Investigators say that debris was made up of tree limbs. 

"The most minute, small bit of information could be something that could help us catch the person or persons for this," said Trooper Brad Riley, Kentucky State Police. 

Investigators are being careful about giving specifics about the tree limbs found at the scene of the crime. They aren't saying whether the limbs were brought there or cut down nearby.
"It may not be something that someone would think of to call us about, but if we get that information out there and if they think back to the days leading up before the murder of Officer Ellis, it may spark a memory," said Riley. 

The reward for information leading to an arrest of Ellis' killer is now $125,000.

If you have had trees trimmed or removed from your property, or if you have seen someone trimming or taking down trees around the time of officer Ellis' murder, you are asked to call KSP at (270) 766-5078.

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