Tuesday, November 24, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ann Dugger, Office: (904) 783-6312, Cell: (904) 509-4034
Kelly White, Office: (904) 388-2131, Cell: (904) 982-9036
Justice Coalition update on reward for an arrest and conviction in the murder of Somer Renee Thompson
Jacksonville, Fla., November 23, 2009 – Donations coming in to the Justice Coalition have increased the reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson. Right now, the Justice Coalition Justice for Somer reward is up to $48,000. Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. and Affiliates made the initial $25,000 donation and Molly Hatchett raised more than $8,500 for the Justice Coalition fund at their benefit concert. Donations have also come in from individuals and businesses, including $5,000 from J & D Maintenance Services and $2,500 from Howard Construction, LLC. CrimeStoppers Executive Director Wylie Hodges says his organization has collected $16,000 for an arrest in the case. The total for both reward funds is now up to $64,000.
Somer disappeared on Monday, October 19th as she was walking home from school. The little girl’s body was found on Wednesday, October 21 in the Chesser Island Road Landfill in Folkston, Georgia. Police have been following thousands of leads and ask that people continue calling in with any information about this crime. You can call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 877-227-6911 or CrimeStoppers at 866-845-TIPS. You can also e-mail your tips to CART@claysheriff.com.
If you would like to donate to the Justice Coalition reward fund, there is an account set up at Ameris Bank. Donors can visit the bank at 888 Lane Avenue or the location at 4835 Town Center Parkway and give to account number 3123504437. People can also call the Justice Coalition at 904-783-6312. To donate to the CrimeStoppers reward fund, you can call 866-845-TIPS.
The Justice Coalition was founded in 1995 as a grass-roots organization seeking rights for victims in the criminal justice system. Founder, Ted M. Hires, Sr., discovered when he and his staff were brutally victimized by armed robbers, that the victims of crime had virtually no place in the process of dispensing justice. He created the Justice Coalition to help victims of violent crime throughout Northeast Florida. The Coalition keeps the public informed and involved through its monthly newspaper, The Victim’s Advocate ###