Reward grows for golden retriever’s killer
Parker, 4 years old, disappeared from his owner’s home in Jacksonville Beach.
Four weeks later his body, after apparently drifting free, was found — too decomposed, police say, to determine a cause of death.
Kevin Brown, Parker’s owner, said Tuesday the First Coast Crime Stoppers reward pledges have climbed to $10,000, and a Beaches businessman said he’s throwing in another $5,000, according to the Florida Times-Union.
“I’ve had calls from all over the country. It’s amazing, just the outcry and support that we’ve been getting,” Brown said. He teaches marine science and is assistant football coach at Fletcher High School. His wife, Brenda Brown, is a sign language teacher at the Beaches school.
So far $2,500 in actual funds have been received for the reward, but Crime Stoppers Executive Director Wyllie Hodges said he expects that figure to climb dramatically.
The dog was found by a passerby in the creek off Nightfall Drive in Neptune Beach, just north of the Browns’ home.
Neptune Beach businessman Louis Stuart Jr. said he’s offering $5,000 for any leads that could end in a conviction in the killing. Stuart is the founder of a nonprofit animal rescue organization.
“I couldn’t believe someone could do that to a dog,” he said. “It’s the most heinous crime I’ve ever seen committed to an animal.”
Anyone with tips can call Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS (8477).
Posted by jwoestendiek August 25th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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