Search continues for murder suspect over holiday weekend

Nicholas Rucker

WHITLEY COUNTY — A heavy law enforcement presence was noted in Whitley County on Sunday and Monday as the search continued for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Corbin woman last week.

Kentucky State Police identified a suspect, Nicholas M. Rucker, 38, of Corbin on Friday for the fatal shooting that occurred in Woodbine on Wednesday and as of press time Monday, Rucker was still being sought.

Rucker has a warrant for his arrest for a charge of murder. Rucker was the boyfriend of the victim, Vicki S. Conner, 57, of Corbin.

On Friday KSP Post 11 was requesting anyone with additional information concerning the investigation or the whereabouts of Rucker was asked to contact KSP at 606-878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.

However on Monday, according to scanner traffic, the search had led to the Cripple Creek area and people living in the area had reported seeing a man that was believed to be Rucker walking barefoot with no shirt.

Whitley County Sheriff's Department made a post on its Facebook page at 4:23 p.m. Sunday that said, "Numerous law enforcement agencies are in the area of Prewitt Bend searching for Nicholas Rucker. Please use caution in this area as K-9 units and air units are searching for this person. He was first seen in Croley Bend and has moved into the Prewitt Bend area..."

No update was made available as of Monday at press time. Those living in the area were still reporting the law enforcement presence though.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday KSP Post 11, London received a call from the Whitley County 911 about a shooting that had taken place at a residence on KY 1064 in the Woodbine community of Whitley County.

Conner was pronounced deceased at 814 KY 1064 by the Whitley County Coroner's Office Wednesday night. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were still unclear as of press time Monday night and the investigation was continuing.

Conner’s body was to been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy that was been scheduled for Thursday. No update from the results of that autopsy was available as of press time Monday.

KSP Detective Dackery Larkey is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by troopers from Post 11, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, Corbin Police Department, Williamsburg Police Department and Whitley County Coroner’s Office.