11 years later Perry County Sheriff's grandfather's killer is still out there, he hopes to change that

Published: Jan. 10, 2019 at 5:20 PM EST
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It has been eleven years since Marion Estep was shot and killed along the Hal Rogers Parkway.

Estep was a preacher in Perry County and was the grandfather to newly sworn-in Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle.

"We've made peace with it and we know he is a great man of God and were happy and confident knowing where he is," said Sheriff Engle.

Before his grandfather's untimely death Engle remembers a conversation where his grandfather told him he would preach at his funeral.

"The first time I actually preached was at his funeral," said Engle.

Since that day he has followed in his grandfather's footsteps, heading up his own church in the county preaching every Sunday.

But his second calling, now being the head lawman in Perry County is where he is hoping to honor his grandfather.

"I know he is right now, I know he is looking down on me right now, I get a little bit teary eyed thinking about it but he would just be overjoyed," said the Sheriff. "Hopefully we can get our hands on some of this evidence and get in there and dig and maybe open up a cold case back on this and I think it would be a great thing in my term a sheriff and honor my grandfathers killer by bringing his killer to justice."

Hiring someone who is training in forensics hoping to bring justice for his grandfather and true closure for his family.