The 250 members of the Kentucky Baptist church are stunned after learning, Ruthie New, the wife of a late Kentucky pastor and current church custodian, was found dead in a storage closet.

New, 70, was found dead on Thursday in a storage room inside the fellowship hall of the church that her husband pastored. Police have determined that her death was a homicide.


Ruthie New, 70, was found dead during a welfare check after family members contacted authorities to report her missing. Jeff Griffith, who is the current pastor, decided to check the church, and found her body inside the storage closet in the fellowship hall, a building used for social functions.

“She had a genuine passion for the upkeep of the church and served faithfully as the church custodian. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family, as well as walking in her neighborhood.” source

The autopsy was finished on Friday, and it was determined that she had been killed several days before. Her body likely remained for several days before it was found in the storage closet.

A suspect is being sought, however, cops admit there’s little to go on.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.

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