KSP investigates new leads in 1984 death of deputy

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SMITHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police say they’ve developed new leads in the past week in the death of a deputy on September 9, 1984, and are asking for help from the public in investigating them.

Troopers say the death happened on a Sunday afternoon, when Livingston County Deputy Sheriff Carnie Hopkins notified his dispatch he would be checking on a hitchhiker at the intersection of US 60 and KY 137, just east of Smithland, Kentucky.  The intersection is also known as “The Monument,” say investigators.  A short time later, police say Deputy Hopkins was found murdered at the intersection, having obviously been in a struggle.  According to troopers, Hopkins died as a result of a gunshot wound.

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No arrests have been made in the case, and State Police are asking for help from the public. Anyone with information related to the case, even if you believe the information is already known, is urged to contact KSP at 270-856-3721 or by email at cory.hamby@ky.gov.

Tips can also be emailed by using KSP’s Cold Case online reporting form at http://kentuckystatepolice.ky.gov/cold_case/post1coldcase7.html. Tips can also be reported anonymously through the KSP app.