Burt Lindsey, a Vine Grove native who lives in Elizabethtown, still has hope.

Lindsey has hope that, one day, the story of how and who might have murdered his brother will finally be revealed.

Today, it has been 30 years since his brother, Willie Lindsey, died in 1992 at 48 years of age.

Willie’s live-in girlfriend came home from work and found him on the floor. Burt said it took a while before he and his family even knew his brother had died. At first, they thought he died by heart attack or something similar.

Over the years, Burt has conducted his own investigation into the death of his brother, who was a U.S. Army veteran.

Through requests to the Meade County Sheriff’s Department, he was able to procure toxicology reports, the autopsy, interviews conducted by police and coroners, and other documents. This has accumulated into a thick purple binder.

Burt maintains the investigation was not done well. In examining all the materials he has collected, he has many questions.

He said his brother had a temper, and understood that he was abusive toward his girlfriend which he said might have led to the murder. At one point, Burt suggested to her that she contact the police about it.

Through the various records, Burt felt it took too long to investigate the death. Documentation from the state medical examiner’s office showed on June 25 that Willie’s body indicated he probably was choked to death, but no investigation took place until three weeks later.

Burt said he also felt some individuals who should’ve been interviewed but weren’t, or if they were, it was weeks after the June 24 death.

The night the body was found, Willie’s girlfriend drove down the street almost a mile to call her friend about Willie, Burt said. He said this and other details regarding Willie’s girlfriend’s actions should have been scrutinized more, in his opinion.

In some ways, Burt said he doesn’t blame the sheriff’s department because it’s a small staff and they have other investigations to do.

He also talked to the commonwealth’s attorney at the time, which was a meeting that led to no other steps.

Overall, Burt said he loved his brother and said he was generally a nice guy but was considered the black sheep of the family. He said Willie had issues with his temper and alcohol.

He said at some point in Willie’s life, he decided he didn’t care about anything and began falling into a slump.

Burt also has photographs of his brother at the scene lying face down on the ground. He pointed out the fact that in the photo, his brother’s underpants have holes in them.

He said this was one of the reasons as to why he became obsessed with the case. At a young age, he and his brother faced poverty.

“I don’t care whether I have always loved my brother or not loved him. I didn’t care how close we were or how close we weren’t,” he said. “He deserves justice. It’s not just for the rich man.”

Burt said it has now been about 10 years since he has done any investigative work into the death of his brother because he felt it came to a dead end.

One of the last things he did was bring the case to an investigator in Richmond, who said there was nothing he could do with the evidence available.

Despite the dead end, Burt said he still holds out hope that someone at some point will see this cold case still is open and be able to provide some evidence or information that could determine who killed his brother.

“If I didn’t have any hope, I would just have thrown this in the garbage can and walked off,” he said. “But I think everybody deserves a second chance.”

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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