BARDSTOWN, Ky. —  The Nelson County sheriff’s office is seeking information about the theft and vandalism of a memorial for Officer Jason Ellis. Ellis was killed on Bluegrass Parkway in 2013. His murder is still unsolved. 

What You Need To Know

  • A memorial honoring fallen officer Jason Ellis was stolen

  • The memorial disappeared sometime between Sunday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 17

  • Police want to question a man seen in the area

  • Jason Ellis was killed in 2013 and his killer never captured


Thieves took the memorial between Sunday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 17. A release from the sheriff’s office describes this as a deliberate and calculated theft. Nelson County Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa says they are investigating tips they’ve received.

Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis (FBI)

Pineiroa said they are looking for a white man driving a red or red-orange Chevrolet S-10, which is a compact pickup truck. The sheriff’s office said the man parked on the cloverleaf of exit 34 in Bardstown and was seen walking toward the monument. Pineiroa says anyone with information should contact the Nelson County sheriff’s department at 502-348-1840.

There is a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for taking the memorial.

Ellis was killed after finishing his shift with the Bardstown Police Department on May 25, 2013. He was driving home when he came across branches blocking the road on exit 34 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown. Ellis got out of his car to clear the branches and when he did, he was shot several times and later died.