Couple found killed inside their Butler County home

A retired pastor and his wife were found shot to death inside their Butler County home Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATED AUG. 12, 2016: The State Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville has ruled the deaths of Kenneth and Dorothy Neafus of Butler County as homicides.

Kentucky State Police in Bowling Green will release no further information at this time.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post in Bowling Green at (270) 782-2010.

EARLIER — MORGANTOWN — A retired pastor and his wife were found shot to death inside their Butler County home Tuesday afternoon.

A family member of Dorothy, 70, and Kenneth Neafus, 71, found the couple dead inside their home at 3455 Richland Church Road and called Kentucky State Police at about 3:47 p.m., Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jeremy Smith said.

"The Neafuses were found deceased at the residence," Smith said. "Foul play is suspected."

Police do not know how long the couple had been dead inside their home.

"We have reason to believe that the suspect involved is injured," Smith said. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, police did not have a suspect in custody.

News of their deaths shocked neighbors who live about a half mile from the rural home that stands off the road, nearly out of sight.

Kenneth Neafus pastored at Little Muddy Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Morgantown, neighbor Marilyn Renfrow said.

"He was a good neighbor," Renfrow said. "He treated everybody the way he wanted to be treated and his wife, too."

They were the kind of neighbors who could be depended on to help if anyone needed it, she said.

Renfrow's grandson, Bradley Renfrow, said the couple had a grown daughter and added that he thought highly of them.

"If you needed a shirt, he would give you the one off of his back," Bradley Renfrow said.

Marilyn Renfrow's husband, James Renfrow, said his neighbors were good people.

"I don't know of anybody who would have anything against him," James Renfrow said. "He was a good person."

Marilyn Renfrow said Kenneth Neafus had been in poor health for a few years and was barely able to walk, if at all, without the assistance of a medical device.

Neafus returned as pastor at Little Muddy in 1987 after working for three years at Clear Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hart County, according to a 1987 Daily News church directory.

The Renfrows have been neighbors to the Neafus couple for 43 years, Marilyn Renfrow said. At one time, the couple lived in the Little Muddy parsonage near the Neafus' current home.

State police declined to release a possible motive for the killings or any other additional information about the investigation Tuesday evening.

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