Jessamine County Coroner identifies woman killed in Nicholasville; Boyfriend still on the run

Published 1:22 pm Saturday, January 8, 2022

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Jessamine County Coroner’s Office has identified a woman who was shot and killed Wednesday in Nicholasville.

According to news reports, county coroner’s office said Lydia Cassady was found shot to death Wednesday (Jan. 5) at 100 Lauren Drive, where her boyfriend Kenneth Strange lived.

A suspect in the case, Strange, 54, of Nicholasville, is still on the run, considered to be armed and dangerous by Nicholasville Police.  Police said he is being charged murder and tampering with physical evidence.  Authorities are working with several jurisdictions across the Commonwealth in an attempt to locate him.

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NPD Sgt. Kevin Grimes reports Strange left in a black Dodge Ram, however he may be now in a black 2019 Jeep Renegade (license tag Kentucky LIC/AMD-912) belonging to Shirley Shoemaker, who is believed by police to be in the vehicle with Strange. Grimes said it’s unknown if Shoemaker is traveling with Strange consensually.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, near Dayton, Ohio, posted a missing person alert Friday for Shoemaker, according to news reports.

A GoFundMe has been established in hopes to help pay for funeral expenses as well as child care for Lydia Cassady’s two children. As of Saturday, the page had generated $8,505 toward its goal of $25,000 to assist the family.  Page is found at:

If anyone knows where Strange might be please contact your local law enforcement agency. NPD can be reached at (859) 887-5447 or your nearest law enforcement agency.