Billboard asking for help in solving murders to be taken down
by Cris Ritchie Editor
HAZARD It was in November 2010 that police found Roy and Wanda Campbell murdered inside their Brownsfork home. With no suspect in custody, Shirley Justen, Wandas daughter, wanted to remind people that the murder of her mother and stepfather has yet to be solved.
Justen and her brother paid for the production of a billboard along the heavily traveled Hal Rogers Parkway in Perry County. The word Murdered in bright red letters topped the sign, with a photo of the Campbells to the side and a message pleading with anyone who may have information that could lead to an arrest to call police.
So far, no one has.
We want any opportunity we can get to put this in the news and keep it there if we can, Justen said during a telephone conversation this week. That was the whole purpose of the billboard. People are going to see it, and people are going to talk.
The billboard was hung this week, but wont be up for long.
Danny Rose, a Hazard attorney who represents June and Paul Michael Ison, Roy Campbells daughter and grandson, said he called the billboard company that donated the space and asked them to take the sign down.
The billboard was in a location, and the way it was done was just real painful to Roys kin, Rose said, adding that the Isons live near the Exit 56 location where the billboard was placed and drive by that area often. They would have to look at it every day.
Rose added that his clients want the murderer found and have offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
We want the people caught more than anybody, Rose said. But we dont think this (billboard) is the way to do it.
But Justen said despite the billboard being taken down, she wont stop searching for answers into who killed her mother, and why such a senseless act took place.
It was devastating to us, she said.
In addition to the reward offered by the Isons, Justen and her brother have also put up a $10,000 reward. And though at present the mystery of who murdered Roy and Wanda Campbell persists, shes hopeful someone will come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentucky State Police at 606-435-6069.
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