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Troopers come up empty in search near officer murder

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A swarm of police officers flooded a property Thursday just a few hundred yards from where a Bardstown officer was ambushed May 25. A swarm of police officers flooded a property Thursday just a few hundred yards from where a Bardstown officer was ambushed May 25.
Mark Glasscock Mark Glasscock
Trooper Norman Chaffins Trooper Norman Chaffins

NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A swarm of police officers flooded a property Thursday just a few hundred yards from where a Bardstown officer was ambushed May 25. They were searching for evidence that could lead them to Officer Jason Ellis' killer but say they left without finding anything.

"We hope they catch the people that's responsible for this crime," said the owner of the property where police were searching, Mark Glasscock.

For more than a month, Glasscock has watched as countless investigators search and then search again near his Bloomfield-area lumber company.

"They've been over before and they've wanted to search different things because I think they found some debris in the road," he said.

Thursday, his pond became their focus.

State Police said that a K-9 working with a volunteer group and troopers pointed investigators to the pond. Troopers called in the Louisville Metro Police dive team to search the water.

They're looking for some sort of evidence left by Ellis' killer, even though they didn't think it would directly lead to an arrest. "I don't think so and I say that because even if we find a weapon or even if we find something potentially, that's where our investigation will be focused on that, we'll be trying to find out where it came from, who had it, whatever," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Norman Chaffins.

He said investigators have worked hundreds of leads. They have no suspect yet, but Chaffins said they're closer.

"We feel like we're close in the investigation to a suspect, I can answer that, because we've eliminated potential suspects in the case," he said.

So Chaffins said while investigators may come up empty in this search, they won't consider it a waste of time.

"Best case scenario out there is that we find something related to the murder of Officer Ellis in the pond. The worst case scenario is that we don't," he said.

Glasscock hopes they do, that something on his property will give answers to a community that is so desperately searching for them.

"You see people that are just heartbroken and we all should be because we're heartbroken for the family and just heartbroken about what happened," Glasscock said.

Troopers say they have no plans to return the pond they searched Thursday.

The reward for Officer Ellis' killer is more than $125,000.  You can send your tips into investigators at elliscaseetips@ky.gov.

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