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UPDATED: $30,000 Reward Offered For Information Leading To Teen's Killer

Three anonymous donors have stepped forward to offer a reward for any information that might help police catch the person who murdered Kelli O'Laughlin.

The Chicago Tribune is now reporting that two more anonymous donors have stepped up, making the total reward amount for information leading to Kelli O'Laughlin's killer $30,000.

Originally published Oct. 29, 2:08 p.m.:

An anonymous donor is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that might help police catch Thursday, FOX Chicago reports.

According to the report, the donor does not even live in Indian Head Park. He told police he's just a father who has the means and would like to help solve the case and catch O'Laughlin's killer.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the police or dial 911.

fhc October 29, 2011 at 07:25 PM
It is a wonderful gesture on this individual's part to offer this reward, but people stepping forth with information should not hinge on reward money. Offering any information that may lead to solving this heinous crime is simply the right thing to do. I would be very disappointed if anyone accepted the reward.
prairiemoon October 29, 2011 at 07:54 PM
I thought they had the guy in custody...?!
Sabrina Wu October 29, 2011 at 08:03 PM
fhc: Your point is well taken. I agree that offering the information would be the right thing to do. I think in this day and age, however, many people find themselves wanting someone else to be the person to step forward or take a stand. I've heard people say they just don't want to get involved in something that doesn't affect them. Sadly enough, in those cases, money can be the motivator that makes the difference, showing people "what's in it for them."
Sabrina Wu October 29, 2011 at 08:13 PM
We are still trying to confirm the latest information we've been told that detectives no longer think the burglar they picked up had anything to do with this case. We'll update the story as soon as we get more information.
Joyce Petricig FIsher October 29, 2011 at 09:43 PM
I tend to agree with you Sabrina, but I do hope if anyone has information about this case, that they will step forward regardless of the reward. I, as many others, would love to see this guy caught and put behind bars!
Karen A. Krall October 29, 2011 at 10:29 PM
I agree with fhc. Share any information even if it seems petty or unimportant... you just never know what little details may help. And I agree... the money offered should be donated in memory of Kelli or to a cause that she was passionate about.
Paulette Delcourt October 30, 2011 at 02:23 AM
If the reward is an incentive for someone to come forward, then I don't care what they do with the money. Maybe the reward is the right incentive for a person to spend a critical few extra minutes thinking about what they may have seen. Sabrina keep up posted on how to help the family if at all possible.
Sabrina Wu October 30, 2011 at 03:00 AM
I will, Paulette, if we hear anything, we'll post an update right away.
annonymous 12345 October 30, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Suggestion: Can individuals add to the reward? You know the *hithead said something to one of his *hithead friends who will turn him in for the right amount of money. Lets drive the reward up to hundreds of thousands. After five years, if no one is arrested the money can revert to a scholarship in Kelli's honor. Someone show us how to do it.... or set it up. I'll chip in!
Sabrina Wu October 30, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Anonymous 12345: Contact me off this thread: sabrina@patch.com.

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