Death Investigation

Jan 7, 2013 10:31 PM

KY Man Found Shot Dead In GA

Deputies in Georgia are trying to figure out what happened to a Kentucky man found shot dead Thursday night. Investigators aren't positive it's murder, but Keith Ratliff's family in Frankfort says they're sure it is.

Two year-old Jayden Ratliff holds a picture of his dad. It's from Christmas Eve, and it's one of the last photos taken.

"It was really hard. To know that he's going to go the rest of his life without his dad," Amanda Ratliff says.

Friday morning, she got the call: her husband, 32 year-old Keith Ratliff was found dead. Shot, she says, in his office, hundreds of miles away in Carnesville, Georgia. He moved there from Frankfort about a year ago.

"You know, it just doesn't really add up," Amanda says.

"It seems that the way the whole thing unfolded, there was no forced entry and things like that," says Kelly Ratliff, Keith's brother.

What happened leaves Kelly asking two big questions:

"Who and why? For a person to take somebody else's life, I mean why?"

Investigators told a Georgia newspaper Ratliff was shot once in the head, and had been dead for some time when he was found.

Kelly Ratliff says his brother always carried a gun to protect himself:

"For him not to pull out that gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody. Either that or he was ambushed."

Keith's family says they won't stop pressuring investigators to figure out what happened.

"We all want to know and we all want justice to be done," Amanda says. "He had way to much to look forward to in his life."

LEX 18 called investigators in Georgia handling the case and haven't heard back. At this point, Franklin County deputies are not involved in the investigation.

Ratliff's family here in Kentucky are preparing for a Friday funeral.

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