Two dead in Botland

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Landmark News Service


Kentucky State Police have identified Kathy Netherland, 48, as one of two dead females discovered in a Botland home this morning.

Investigators did not release the name of the second person, only identifying her as a 16-year-old.

Police said both were pronounced dead at the scene, located at 5120 Springfield Road. Autopsies will be performed by the state medical examiner's office Wednesday morning. 

KSP is leading the investigation. Police have released few details in the case.

Netherland was a special education teacher at Bardstown Elementary.

THough police did not identify the slain teen, Netherland had a daughter, Samantha, a sophomore at Bardstown High School. Samantha was recently selected as one of 59 students out of 40 counties to attend the prestigious Gatton Academy, as reported last month by The Kentucky Standard.

 “I couldn’t be prouder of her,” Kathy said of her daughter to the Standard in a previous article. “This was her goal and her dream. Despite everything that has happened over the past year with the loss of her father (Robert Netherland) she was determined and she did this on her own.”

Samantha's father died of cancer about a year ago.

Bardstown Schools Superintendent Brent Holsclaw said the district will provide counseling services for students and staff Wednesday.

KSP's statement identifying Kathy Netherland was released just after 11 p.m Tuesday, and stated that investigators were still on the scene. It was the first information released since early Tuesday afternoon, when KSP Lt. Jeremy Thompson gave a brief statement to media gathered at the scene.

"From what we've determined thus far," Thompson said Tuesday afternoon, "everything involving the crime scene seems to be isolated to the inside of the residence."

At that time, Thompson said investigators did not have a suspect, although they had contacted some people.

 "We are not looking for any one suspect right now. We tracked a few people down just to as part of neighborhood canvass and to my knowledge at this time everyone that we were looking for to at least get a statement from we have done so thus far," Thompson said.