Anyone who traveled on Rhea Blvd. on morning of Dec. 28 could help

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The Russellville Police Department is asking for additional help from the public with the murder investigation of 36-year-old Brad Rigney.

The RPD is asking for information from anyone who may have travelled down Rhea Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 28 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Investigators are especially interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen either a vehicle or a person around Rigney’s home at 524 Rhea Blvd. during those hours.

There have still been no arrests in this case, but investigators are getting closer to narrowing down its list of suspects. According to detective Kenneth Edmonds, evidence has been sent off for testing at the Kentucky State Police labs in Frankfort as well as to Louisville and Madisonville.

Edmonds said that there are four or five different scenarios that the department is investigating regarding the case.

“Right now, it could be any one of them,” he said.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, the RPD responded to a call at 524 Rhea Blvd. to investigate a possible homicide. Upon arriving at the residence, Rigney’s body was found.

The RPD issued a statement Monday that said this was not believed to be a random act of violence because Rigney possibly knew his attacker or attackers.

Currently the RPD investigators are working with other agencies, including the FBI, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police and the Nashville Metro Police, in order to find out information that will lead to the identity of Rigney’s killer.

Rigney, who was deaf, lived alone at the Rhea Blvd. residence. His body was first discovered by his brother and sister-in-law, who then called 911.

An autopsy was performed on Sunday, Dec. 29 and the preliminary indication was that Rigney had died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help and urging anyone with information to contact the Russellville Police Department at 726-7669 or Crimestoppers at 726-5050.

This was the first murder in Russellville in over 11 years.

The last murder that occurred in Russellville was the double homicide of sisters Jessica and Hanna Key in December of 2002. Derrick Loving was convicted of that crime and sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 20 years.

A murder occurred in Logan County, but outside of Russellville in 2012 when 46-year-old Dale Holloway was killed on T. McReynolds Road. Timothy Claytor has been charged with that crime, but is still awaiting trial as the case goes through the judicial system.

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