OAK RIDGE (WATE) – An Oak Ridge woman came home from work three years ago and found her husband stabbed in the back, and dead on the kitchen floor.
Kevin Keefe's murder on September 14, 2007 is still a mystery. It happened at the couple's home on Johnson Road.
Frankie Keefe never moved out of the apartment where she found Kevin murdered. She says one reason is that they had so many happy memories there.
The Keefe's romance was one that started later in life. They met when they were in their 40s, but Frankie says Kevin made her feel like a teenager again.
"He was smart, hilarious. He was a great dancer and a joy to be with. I was so very happy here for eight years. It was just the most beautiful thing," Frankie said.
The couple met at a restaurant and eventually got married. Frankie says they had so much in common they truly had fun being in love.
Now she says her dog, Rusty, helps fill a bit of the big hole in her heart in that empty apartment.
On the last morning of Kevin's life, Frankie says he told her goodbye, like he did every day, as she left for work.
"And I got into the car that day and he looked so happy. He was smiling. I actually did a double take that day. There was something about the way he looked that morning," Frankie said.
She says it was strange when he didn't call her at work that day. She was a little concerned when she couldn't reach him by phone either.
When Frankie drove up to their home, she says she had a gut feeling something was wrong. All the blinds were closed, the lights were off and the front door was open.
"And I saw something on the floor, and I thought he had a heart attack. Then I turned on the light and I saw the knife sticking out of his back and pools of blood on the floor. I was screaming, I was bent over screaming because my stomach was hurting," Frankie said.
Frankie says Kevin had no enemies. The only thing of significance investigators know about that day is that Kevin went to an ATM, but nothing really adds up.
"There was no forced entry. He was either going outside or they were coming in. There were no signs of a fight," Frankie said.
Although three years have gone by, Detective Ron Boucher, with the Oak Ridge Police Department, is still optimistic about where the investigation stands. "We have not stopped working on this since the murder was reported," he said.
But that's all police can tell Frankie about the case. In the meantime, she says she still tries to make it through each day. "I just want justice for Kevin. I want an answer for his mother, and to find what really happened that day."
Kevin Keefe was a contractor from Pennsylvania who moved to Oak Ridge about 10 years before he was murdered. His family has offered a $4,000 reward for an arrest and conviction in the case.
The state recently added a $10,000 reward in this case.
If you have information about Kevin Keefe's murder, call the Oak Ridge Police Department at 865-425-4399 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.