UPDATE 7:15 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 19
WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The teenager accused of killing his mother and sister then escaping juvenile detention has been caught a day after he escaped.
The Versailles Police Department says around 6:40 p.m. someone at Kroger called in a tip. The caller said someone matching Luke Craig’s description was in the area.
Police saw that person run into the trees. They set up a perimeter, tracked him with a K-9 unit, and caught him.
State Police says Craig has been charged with Escape 2nd Degree and has been transported back into Department of Juvenile Justice custody.
UPDATE STORY POSTED 5 P.M. MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police are still looking for a teen from Lawrenceburg accused of killing his mother and sister.
It was less than a year ago that Luke Craig was accused of killing his 33-year-old mother Tefani Noe and his 12-year-old sister Brook Nacol at their home on Corinth Road in Anderson County.
“We do consider him to be dangerous,” Sergeant Bernis Napier, with KSP, said. “We don’t want anybody to try to approach him or apprehend him themselves. We want them to give us a call.”
Napier said KSP is still trying to figure out how Craig escaped. It has some people in the area where he lived concerned.
The homeowner, Robert Johnson said he’s shocked. He just moved in the home a little bit over two weeks ago, and now he’s worried that Craig might return to his former home.”
Johnson said he hasn’t slept much. Instead, he said he’s been keeping watch in case Craig shows up. He said his neighbors have rallied around him and have even stayed outside with him to look out.
Johnson said he knew about the murders and even saw blood spatter on some of the baseboards and had to replace dry wall and doors when he moved in, but he didn’t expect that in just 15 days the accused killer would be on the loose.
Nearby neighbor Marcella Pittman said she remembers when the murders happened and said, “many of us like a good horror movie, but it’s different when it’s real and an incident like this happens so close to home and some of us have kids the same age as him.”
KSP said it’s gotten several phone calls, but none of the leads have panned out so far.
Report any sightings by calling 1-800-222-5555 or 9-1-1.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 8 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021
FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Local and state authorities are searching for a 16-year-old who escaped Sunday afternoon from the Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
According to Lexington Police and the Kentucky State Police, Luke Craig escaped from the detention center on Sunday, July 18 at approximately 3:45 pm. Craig weighs approximately 130 pounds and is 5’5” tall. He is wearing a green jumpsuit and black sneakers. He has dark blonde/light brown hair.
He was in the detention center on charges he fatally shot his 12-year-old sister and mother on Sept. 24, 2020, and then led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that finally ended in Louisville, according to state troopers.
The KSP said that based on his history, he should be considered dangerous.
“We are asking the public that if they see the juvenile, please not to approach him but immediately call 911. He may be in the area of the Masterson Station neighborhood, the area between Georgetown Road, Leestown Road, Citation Boulevard, and Spurr Road,” police said in a statement.
If the juvenile is located, contact KSP immediately at (800) 222-5555 or call 911.
Craig is accused of killing his mother, 33-year-old Tefani NaCol ‘Nikki’ Noe, 33, and her daughter, 12-year-old Brooke NaCol Goggin, at their home on Corinth Road in Anderson County, according to police and media reports at the time.
According to her obituary with Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Noe was a senior integrity analyst for Humana and was working toward a master’s degree from the University of St. Louis. She was a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and the University of Kentucky.
She was a member of Gardenside Baptist Church.
Her daughter, whose nickname was ‘Munchkin,’ was a student at Anderson County Middle School where she was a member of the band and archery team. She also was a member of Gardenside Baptist Church in Lexington.