38 years after the assault and murder of Clarkson resident Eva Frances Grant, her family has taken up the cause of bringing her killer to justice.
Grant’s grandson, Kevin Lush, of Louisville, recently announced he will award $25,000 to the individual who provides information to the investigating Kentucky State Police that leads to the arrest and conviction of Grant’s killer.
Grant, who was 81 years old at the time of her death, was last seen alive by two friends, Rosetta Grant and Maude Bradley, both now deceased, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, 1976 - the day before her murder, according to Lush.
Grant, a widow who lived alone about three-tenths of a mile west of Peonia, had spent that Sunday with her family at her home.
“All of our family and many friends from the community stopped by to visit,” said Lush.
Grant’s daughter, Catherine Evangeline Lush, said of her mother, “She was the best person who ever walked; [she] would do anything in the world for anybody.”
According to a KSP cold case report, Grant was discovered deceased on the morning of Monday, Aug. 16 by a milkman making a delivery.
Kevin Lush said when the milkman exited his truck, he noticed that Grant’s storm door was slightly open, something Grant’s family members said never happened.
“She would not have left her door open to just anybody - only to people she knew,” said Catherine Evangeline Lush.
Kevin Lush added, “She would always get up and [unlock] the door for everyone…”
Grant’s body was found sitting upright in her chair, said Kevin Lush. She had been assaulted with a blunt object, believed to be a hammer, and beaten several times in the head.
She had died as a result of her injuries, according to the KSP report.
“I don’t know who could have wanted to do that to her,” said Catherine Evangeline Lush. “I don’t want anybody to ever have to go through that.”
Karen Mudd, Catherine Evangeline Lush’s daughter, said, “There’s no reason this should have happened. She was loved by one and all.”
Shortly after her discovery, the milkman drove approximately one mile to the general store, owned by Carlos Grant, in Peonia, where they immediately called the KSP, Kevin Lush said.
The late KSP Detective Leo Mudd, served as one of the lead investigators on the case until his death five years ago.
38 years later, the identity of Grant’s killer is still unknown; although, Kevin Lush said, Leo Mudd told Grant’s family he was “99 percent sure [who] had committed the murder.”
According to the KSP cold case report, it is believed that Grant knew her assailant.
According to Kevin Lush, Leo Mudd had told his mother that the individual believed to have murdered was “slightly under age and once this individual got close to the age of adulthood, the grandfather of this individual signed this individual up for the military as to get them out of the community.
“We have been  years trying to bring this individual to justice…,” Kevin Lush said. “I believe with all my heart the parents, the siblings, and friends of this person know who committed this murder. I just need one to step forward.”
For Catherine Evangeline Lush, going nearly four decades without knowing who killed her mother has been frustrating. Grant had nine children, seven of whom have died without learning the identity of their mother’s killer.
“It’s time for some of us to find out something,” Catherine Evangeline Lush said. “I just want to know who it was and why and to see them punished.”
She also said that she does not, however, wish for her mother’s killer to be placed on death row.
KSP Lieutenant Ezra Stout has since taken up the investigation into Grant’s murder, and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact him at KSP Post 4, located at 1055 North Mulberry in Elizabethtown, by phone at 270-766-5078 or e-mail at Ezra.Stout@ky.gov.
“We’re very interested in solving this case,” said Stout.
According to Stout, investigators are “following up on all the leads we get,” and something considered insignificant by an informant may prove vital to solving Grant’s murder.
For further updates on the case, visit the Facebook page, “The Murder of Eva Frances Grant,” which was begun a number of months ago and has garnered several hundred followers.