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EDITORIAL: Patience will eventually pay off

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Make no mistake, the wait for resolution of the spate of murders — which may or may not be connected — in Nelson County over the past five years has been a trying one, most notably for those closest to the victims.

What is encouraging is that those loved ones continue to be vigilant in efforts to keep the memory of the deceased alive and fresh in people’s minds. The worst thing we as a community can do is allow those memories to slowly begin to fade as the distance of time makes it seem like to resolution is forthcoming. We saw that less than two weeks ago when the third vigil was held to commemorate the 2015 disappearance of mother-of-five Crystal Rogers, who is presumed to have been murdered, although her remains have never been found.

The way the community has rallied in prayer around Rogers — as well as her father, Tommy Ballard, Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, and mother and daughter Kathy and Samantha Netherland, all of whose murders are unsolved — is something we can all be proud of, and that vigilance will keep pressure on investigators to bring this tragic chapter in Nelson County history to a close.

By the same token, it’s not as though law enforcement officials are sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for the alleged murderers to turn themselves in. They’re out there, gathering up information, following any lead possible, and trying their best to tie together all possible loose ends. The case needs to be iron-clad.

You don’t get a do-over on a murder trial. The prosecution is also being vigilant, as well as diligent, to make sure all their ducks in a row. They can’t go into a trial of this magnitude half-cocked and run the risk of a murderer walking away free on a technicality.

In that light, don’t mistake the silence on the part of investigators for a lack of effort. They know the community is hurting and has been for five years. Something will break soon, we hope, and we will finally have this burden lifted from the community’s broad shoulders.

But we must be patient.