Hunt for Whitley County murder suspect continues after police search abandoned hotel

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Nicholas Rucker of Corbin is accused of murdering his girlfriend. (Photos: Kentucky State Police/Viewer Submitted)

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CORBIN, Ky. (WDKY) – The search for a Whitley County murder suspect continues after several agencies were unable to capture him Monday.

Corbin Police officers said they saw a man matching Nicholas Rucker’s description run into the abandoned old Mountain View Lodge near exit 25 in Corbin after a passerby called in a tip Tuesday afternoon.

Rucker is accused of murdering his girlfriend, 57-year-old Vicki S. Conner of Corbin. Conner was found dead with a gunshot wound Wednesday night in the Woodbine community on Ky. 1064.

After backup arrived at the hotel Tuesday, officers searched the motel room by room, but the man was nowhere to be found.

“There are many exits because all of the windows are busted out of the rooms, so he entered on the bottom floor,” said Corbin Police Sgt. Jason Moore. “He more than likely went out the opposite side back down into the woods.”

Police believe Rucker is still in the area and believe he will turn up again soon.

“He’s on the run. He’s going to be looking for clothes, food, water,” Moore said, adding that the suspect was barefoot.

This comes one day after authorities nearly captured Rucker in Whitley County.

Sheriff Todd Shelley said he spotted Rucker while answering a complaint in the area of Ky. 511 and Henry Barton Road Monday afternoon.

Shelley chased after Rucker before multiple agencies assisted the sheriff’s office in the pursuit. Despite the heavy presence, Rucker was still able to evade law enforcement.

Rucker is considered armed and dangerous. If you spot him, you are asked to call 911 immediately and not approach him. The sheriff’s office is asking the public to be alert as the search continues.

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