Bill and Peggy Stephenson
(Florence, Ky.) – Boone County Sheriff’s Office investigators say there is a major break in the case of the double murder of Florence residents Bill and Peggy Stephenson.
The Stephensons, 74, were discovered murdered in their condominium on Ridge Edge Court on Memorial Day weekend of 2011. In the 15 months since, detectives have interviewed more than 200 people in 14 states. But, no arrests have been made as the murders remain unsolved.
Detectives announced Thursday that the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab in Frankfort recently discovered an unidentified DNA profile. The DNA was found in multiple locations at the murder scene.
The DNA has been entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, but has not produced a match.
Investigators also revealed that the murder suspect spent a significant amount of time in the Stephensons’ home after the murders. They’ve also been able to determine the time of the couple’s deaths.
A family member discovered their bodies after Bill did not show up for the Sunday service at the Truckers Chapel at the TA Truck Stop in Florence. The husband and wife also failed to show up at Union Baptist Church, as they did most every Sunday.
The Stephenson’s three adult children also announced that they have increase a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The $5,000 reward first announced in January, has been upped to $100,000.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with tips to call a special hotline, (859) 334-8496. There is also a webpage on the Boone County Sheriff's Office website dedicated to the investigation.
Detectives say they will continue their “aggressive” search for the killer.