More than 1 month later, still no sign of Whitley County murder suspect

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police are still looking for a murder suspect in Whitley County more than a month after the crime happened.

Nicholas Rucker is accused in the death of his girlfriend on May 22. He has not been seen since.

Rucker has served time in prison and recently got out of jail. Police said he is considered dangerous and may have a weapon. People who knew him said he will do everything he can to avoid going back.

TK Parks said he saw Rucker run out of the house where his girlfriend Vicki Conner was shot. He said Rucker was covered in blood and carried a pistol.

“He came out of the room, blood all over him", said Parks. "He had a gun.”

Moments later, he saw Rucker run off and police say he’s been on the run ever since.

"People if you see him, call police because he is dangerous. I guarantee you that. He will not go back to jail. Because I know for a fact he told me, 'I'm not going back to jail,'" Parks said.

Police have received multiple tips and possible sightings in this area as well as out of state. If you see him, call police and do not approach him.

Conner's family said they are raising money for a reward. Any information on his whereabouts should be given to state police.

If you do see Rucker, officials from KSP do not want people to approach him.

“We don’t want them to approach him, but we do want them to contact us immediately give us the information they have", said Trooper Lloyd Cochran of KSP.

Police say people in Rucker’s position are desperate to stay free.

“We’ve seen over the years, they will do anything to stay on the run", said Cochran. "To try to get away with the crime. They do things the average person will not do.”

Police say they believe Rucker is getting help from someone to stay away this long.

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