Community helps Frensley’s quest for closure
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor --
Apr 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Oct. 15, 2008, Kevin Dunlap murdered Kayla Williams, Kortney Frensley and Ethan Frensley and tried to kill their mother, Kristy Frensley, on Frensley’s property in Roaring Springs. Dunlap has since been convicted of the crimes and sentenced to death.

Saturday, volunteers did their best to help Frensley move past the ugliness of the last 18 months by clearing the property where her home once stood.

Trigg County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Butts said Frensley had approached him and asked for assistance in bulldozing burying the remains of her home and swimming pool. Saturday, Butts and other members of the Sheriff’s Department were joined by a number of other volunteers, including Kentucky State Police Detectives Michelle Kent, Janet Barnett and Jerry Jones. Others who helped and provided materials included Seven Springs Farms partner Mike Oliver and employees Gary Burk and John Croft, and Southern States, McAtee Farms and Vinson Farms each sent materials.

While most of those involved in the work were law enforcement officials connected to the case during the investigation, Butts said many others with no connection to Frensley were helpful Saturday.

“People would drive by and see us working, then turn around to come back and ask if they could help,” Butts said. “There were probably 30 or 40 people out there. It just fell together.”

“It’s all been bulldozed down, buried, covered up, cleaned off, leveled up, seeded down and strawed,” Butts said. “It’s just a lot now.”

Butts said he believes Frensley plans to sell the property.

Frensley was in Ohio and unable to attend the cleanup effort, but Kent videotaped the event for her, Butts said.
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