EARLIER: Murder suspect still at large

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Police not releasing any details of crime

By Lisa King

Whoever murdered James Duckett remains at large today as police try to piece together a trail of evidence.


Kentucky State Police officers continue to collect information in an attempt to locate the killer, who fled in Duckett’s truck and dumped it several miles away, just off Taylorsville Road west of Shelbyville.

Police won’t confirm that location, but they have been examining the truck for trace evidence and collecting surveillance video from businesses near where the truck was located.

Duckett, 43, was found murdered Monday morning about 11:30 a.m. by a relative who had stopped by his home on Rockbridge Road because he had not been seen or heard from all weekend. His gray 2004 Dodge 1500 pickup truck was recovered about 12 hours later.

KSP Detective Mitch Harris said Thursday that his team is working hard on the case.

“What we're doing right now is trying to reconstruct a time line of the last 48 to 72 hours, leading up to the murder,” he said.

Although some residents have expressed fear that a killer is apparently roaming the streets, police have not released any details about the person they are seeking, and it is not known if they have a suspect in mind.

Typically, if they did have a description of some sort, police would release the details, so that the public could be alert.

But detectives say they don't want to go public with too much information because they don't want to jeopardize the investigation. Family members have asked that sensitive details be kept quiet, too.

No motive for the crime has been given, and there has been no disclosure of any items other than the truck that may have been stolen.

Neither police nor the Louisville Coroner's Office has released any information about how Harris was murdered, and The Sentinel-News has been unable to verify gruesome details that have appeared in other media.

Duckett lived alone with just a dog named “Bo” for company, his niece, Brittney Claycomb, said.

“He usually called my mother three or four times a day, so we knew something was wrong when we didn't hear from him,” she said.

The first agency to respond to the call was the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. When deputies Tim Gilbert and Mike Murray got to the scene at 5300 Rockbridge Road and discovered the body, KSP was called in to take charge of the investigation.

A frantic search ensued for the pickup truck, with helicopters and patrol officers combing the county. An original public alert about the truck was called off when it was located.

Funeral services for Duckett are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hall-Taylor Funeral Home in Shelbyville, with the Rev. John Underwood officiating.

Underwood is the minister of Rockbridge United Methodist Church, which is located just across the street from Duckett's residence.

Duckett, an Army veteran and former computer software specialist, had recently acquired his contractor's license and was doing some remodeling work at the church.

Police ask that anyone with any knowledge of this case should 911 or directly contact KSP at 502-227-1221.