Crimestoppers Needs Your Help Solving 2013 Crimes
Crimestoppers needs your help after some big cases from 2013 remain unsolved.
If YOU have any information about an unsolved homicide or crime, you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 334-215-STOP.
On August 1st, a Hayneville post office delivery driver was robbed and shot twice. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has released a sketch of the suspect wanted and investigators say he was last seen in a gold Ford Explorer. On top of a crimestoppers reward, U.S. postal inspectors are offering a 50 thousand dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest. They can be reach toll free at 877-876-2455.
Wetumpka Police are still looking for two people who robbed an Adams Drugs pharmacy on U-S 231. Tony Garret with Crimestoppers says they're part of a crime ring.
"The subjects came in with blue totes and they were real quick," he explains. "They knew exactly where to go. It turns out that these subjects hit Greenville, Prattville."
A body found by hunters in rural Autauga County was just identified this year through DNA, but investigators say the body had been at the scene for about a year. The remains were that of 23-year-old Edward Barnes of Montgomery. Police believe he was murdered.
"We need to know what happened to him," says Garrett. "We believe it was a homicide and law enforcement wants to know how the body came to be at that spot and who was involved."
In January, three Montgomery residents were found dead in a car along a Georgia interstate. Autopsies found that Quinones King and Rodney Cottrell were asphyxiated. Cheryl Colquitt-Thompson was strangled and found in the trunk of the car. There are currently no leads.
A body found in the Lightwood area of Elmore County earlier this year has not yet been identified.
"They sent the body off to LSU because the body was unrecognizable," says Garrett. "They believe it may have been a suicide but to this day they still cannot positively identify the body."
Crimestoppers is offering reward money for information that leads to arrests in each of the unsolved cases.
So far this year, 897 tips have been called in to Crimestoppers, three times as many calls than in 2012. Over 17 thousand dollars in reward money has been given out in 2013, up from about 6 thousand last year. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says the program is helping curb violence.
"Crimestoppers does a really good job," he says. "Tony came from the police department and what that is all about is getting information before crime but certainly after a crime to be able to help us make those arrests."