Unanswered Questions in Russell County

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

Two arrests this week involving a nearly four-year-old murder case in Russell County are leaving hope alive that more unsolved crimes in the area will be solved.

Kentucky State Police say 52-year-old Steven Williams and 45-year-old Danny Hill were indicted Tuesday in connection with the death of Paul Montgomery back in 2006.

For families of other cold case victims, it's some encouragement that they may soon get answers to their questions that've been left unanswered for years.

Russell Springs, Kentucky.

Population -- a couple thousand.

It's the kind of place where everybody knows everybody.

It's the kind of place where you wouldn't expect to see newspaper headlines about murder.

"The day he went missing, I just knew something," said Michael Snow, a resident of Russell Springs. "I just had a gut feeling that whole time."

It's been more than 20 years since Michael Snow last saw his brother, David.

"He was a good kid," Snow said. "He had some issues that these days, would probably be recognized as depression, and stuff like that."

According to Kentucky State Police, on March 11, 1986, 21-year-old David Snow was murdered and buried in a shallow grave near Jamestown in Russell County.

Four months later his body was found, but still to this day a suspect hasn't been.

"It's been crazy, and terrible on my mom and dad," Snow said. "And it's been hard on me too. I dealt with it hard at first."

David Snow is one of 10 cases that have been deemed "cold" by the Kentucky State Police Post in Columbia.

"We're kind of at a point where we need some help," said Trooper Billy Gregory, with Kentucky State Police Post 15. "We're not too proud to admit that, but sometimes the information is just not there."

KSP's Billy Gregory says troopers are working a number of "unsolved cases" for their 11-county area.

And while he says there's no way to tell just how many of those there are, once a case officially grows cold, cracking it becomes tough.

But their efforts to do so don't stop.

"In some instances there are cases where we may feel like we know who did it -- where we have a suspect, or potential suspect," Gregory said. "But the problem is we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt, guilt."

So several times a year, Gregory says a type of cold case committee will pull cases like David Snow's and review them, looking for new information and new evidence in hopes of getting an answer.

"Convictions on killers and rapists -- all those things are important to us because he's the thing we recognize -- they're still out there," Gregory said. "The possibility is they're still out there."

It's that possibility that has David Snow's family hoping for more cold case arrests just like those involving the murder of Paul Montgomery.

But they're arrests that could also finally bring some closure for Michael Snow.

"There was a serious crime committed and somebody walked away," Snow said. "Somebody walked away and someone else didn't."

State police have posted all of their cold cases they're investigating, along with a brief description of the cases online and they want you to take a look at them.

To see those, click here.

Coming up Friday on WBKO at 6, unanswered questions remain for another Russell County family.

It's the latest in one of the most recent unsolved missing person cases in the area, but it's one police there say they hope they're close to solving.


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