EARLIER: Police continue to appeal to public for help in catching killer

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Stepping up patrols in victim's neighborhood

By Lisa King

Twelve days after discovering the body of a local man who had been brutally murdered, police continue to seek the public's help in locating the killer.

On Monday, Kentucky State Police, who are heading up the investigation into the murder of James “Jim” Duckett, 43, offered a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Detective Mitch Harris with KSP said that he has received several calls in connection with the case since the reward as announced, but he would not comment on whether any of those calls have been helpful in obtaining any useful information.

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Rice said that deputies have been visiting with residents on Rockbridge Road, where Duckett's body was found shortly noon on Nov. 10, to tell them that they are stepping up patrol in that area.

“We have gone and talked to residents to let them know that we are there, to make them feel safer,” he said. “And also to urge them to call us if they see anything out of the ordinary. Everyone we've talked to is glad that we're there and have said they appreciate us being out there.”

Rice added that even though they have learned nothing of any consequence yet, he wants to continue to urge the public to stay vigilant.

“We're still looking at everything and anything, and it's important to keep the story going so that people know the reward is still being offered and that it's imperative that they come forward if they know anything,” he said.

Duckett was found murdered when a family member stopped by to check on him after he had not been seen or heard from all weekend.

His pickup truck, which had been stolen when he was murdered, apparently a day or so before his body was discovered, was found abandoned several miles from his home, in West Shelby County, off Taylorsville Road, just before midnight on Nov. 10.

Harris echoed Rice's plea for information.

“If anyone knows anything about this murder, they should call us right away,” he said.

To contact KSP, call 502-227-1221. The sheriff's office is 633-4324.