Crime Stoppers Increases Reward to $ 5,000 for Advice on Resolving Unsolved Homicide Cases

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Clarksville-Montgomery County Crime Stoppers announced Thursday that they were increasing the cash reward to $ 5,000 for information that helps solve local homicide cases.

On November 15, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Crime Stoppers Board unanimously voted to increase the amount of the cash reward for anonymous tips leading to an arrest or conviction related to unsolved homicides in the region before 2018, from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000.

The increase is effective immediately, and all informants remain anonymous thanks to Crime Stoppers’ secure reporting system.

Deanna McLaughlin, president of Crime Stoppers, held a press conference on Thursday alongside law enforcement officials charged with investigating unresolved cases.

Family members would like a closure. They would like those responsible for the death of a family member to be brought to justice, and we need the community to come forward and provide this information, ”McLaughlin said.

Captain Liane Wilson, Commander of the Special Operations Division of the Clarksville Police Department, also spoke at the conference with homicide investigators Sgt. Nicholas Newman and Detective Keenan Carlton.

“The Clarksville Police Department currently has 29 cases which we have classified as cold. Twenty-five of those cases are unsolved homicides, ”Wilson said, adding that the other four are missing persons cases that have been open for more than a year.

Over the past two years, Wilson said the Special Operations Unit had successfully resolved seven cases that were previously considered cold.

These cases include the homicides of William and Ina Campbell in 2010, Fran Caratini in 2014, Ray Nelson in 2o17 and Taren Lyles in 2018.

“One of the best feelings is to call a mom or dad at the office, and they’re waiting for answers and you can tell them there’s a resolution for their family members,” Carlton said during of the conference.

Also in attendance were officials from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, including Lt. Darrell Allison, the commander of criminal investigations, the MSCO and Staff Sgt said. Bryan DeRose.

“Right now we have three (cold case homicides), one of them is on the website, we plan to add another here shortly,” DeRose said before thanking Crime Stoppers d ‘have increased the reward.

There are other cases, McLaughlin said she would add to the organization’s website Thursday night.

There are three ways you can provide Crime Stoppers advice on unsolved cases. You can call Clarksville-Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 931-645-TIPS, or go to www.p3tips.com, and leave a web tip. You can also download the P3 tips iOS or Android mobile application this not only allows for an anonymous two-way conversation, but also allows the tipster to check the status of the survey.

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Mark M. Gagnon