Family Reacts to Sisters' Deaths

By Ashley Davidson | 

When half sisters Ashley Gilmore and Holly Harrison's lives were cut short they left many people behind. Police found the car the girls were traveling in Wednesday night Sept. 6, 2006, in a strip mine pit off a dirt road on Kentucky Highway 69, in Centertown. Gilmore was the mother of three little boys.

"Ashley was a good mom. That's how we knew when we didn't hear from them and she didn't call to check on them kids to tell them goodnight and she loved them. We knew then, something was wrong," the girls' aunt, Trisha Givens said.

Harrison is remembered by relatives as an energetic 20-year-old who liked to hang out with her friends and have fun.

"These two girls were the only kids that their mom had. She had no more kids. Her kids are gone," Givens said.

Now grieving family members are trying to find out what happened to the young women.

"If anybody out there has an idea, or knows what really happened, they need to let somebody know. We need to know," Givens said. The women's bodies were taken to Madisonville, Ky., for autopsies.

Kentucky State Police say it does not look like foul play was involved in their deaths. But family members say they can't believe it was an accident.

"We're never going to believe this was any type of accident. Somebody had something to do with this," Givens said.

The toxicology reports taken on Ashley Gilmore and Holly Harrison will be finished in four to six weeks. No funeral arrangements have been made yet.