Dad’s death ruled homicide day after missing Ky. sisters found

(Courtesy: The Whitney family)

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – The death of a man whose two daughters were missing for more than a week has now been ruled a homicide.

Allen County Sheriff Jeff Cooke announced Tuesday that autopsy results on Larry Whitney Jr. led to that preliminary manner of death. He was found dead from a chest wound on May 16.

In a press release, the sheriff went on to say “due to the ongoing and sensitive nature of the investigation, no further details will be released at this time.”

“We’re totally in shock, and just the emotions are running high now. To know that a loved one was murdered, it’s really hard,” said Larry Whitney’s uncle, Jerry Whitney.

Investigators said Whitney’s daughters 13-year-old Jezzie Whitney, 13, and Cassie Whitney, 11, were reported missing on May 18.

Cassie and Jezzie Whitney (Courtesy: Allen County Sheriff’s Office)

On May 23, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for the sisters and their noncustodial mother Melissa Scott.

The Whitney sisters were safely located Monday morning near Bowling Green.

That same day, Sheriff Cooke said 19-year-olds Braxton Whitney and Denovan Sutton were arrested and charged with custodial interference in the case. Braxton is the brother of the Whitney sisters.

On Tuesday afternoon, the girls’ mother was located and booked into the Allen County Jail. She is also charged with custodial interference.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 270-237-3210.