Digging deeper, each week from now through January 1, Crimestoppers and the Wichita Police Department will focus on unsolved homicides.
The reward, which is usually $1,000, will be doubled for any tips that lead to arrests in the cold cases.
UPDATE: Friday, October 26, 2012
Crimestoppers is offering its highest reward for clues in one of Wichita's most mysterious unsolved murders.
The murder of Wichita banker Tim McGuigan more than a year ago has investigators baffled. Family and friends announced an offer of more than $20,000 for clues.
McGuigan's family say they want closure and healing.
They say he had no enemies to speak of. Now, those closest to the banker and Wichita River Festival volunteer hoe the big reward will bring answers.
Sixty-one-year-old Tim McGuigan, vice president of Kansas State Bank, a prominent Wichita River Festival volunteer, a father and a brother -- gunned down. Shot multiple times with a small caliber gun.
It happened Sept. 6, 2011. His murder is unsolved more than a year later.
"If you tried to be an enemy of my dad, you couldn't. He would win you over," McGuigan's son, J.J. McGuigan said. "I can't think of one person or one motive for this to happen."
McGuigan's family and River Festival Wagonmaster friends, along with Crimestoppers are hoping a $21,800 reward will help bring his killer to justice.
"We are carrying this burden very heavily and I think in honor of Tim and his family we could all find some measure of peace if we could get some help as a result of this reward," McGuigan's friend Dave Dahl said.
Detectives say McGuigan had lived in a quiet neighborhood in the 2500 block of North Woodbridge for about five weeks before his death. Police say there was no sign of a break-in or a robbery.
"Somebody out there knows who did this and we are asking for that person to be courageous, that person to be heroic and to do the right thing," Dahl said.
"That's all we can ask for," J.J. McGuigan said. "If someone knows something they can come forth and we can heal as much as we can."
If you have any information about McGuigan's murder, you can call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 267-2111 and, remember, the reward is at more than $20,000. To collect your reward, tips must lead to an arrest in the case.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Until the end of the year, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County and the Wichita Police Department are increasing rewards for tips on cold case homicides.
The first case in the new effort is Timothy McGuigan, who was killed in his home last year.
On the morning of September 7, 2011, the 61-year-old banker was supposed to have breakfast with his son but he never showed up. Later, when McGuigan didn't make it to work, worried co-workers called his son to check on him.
When he arrived at his father's home in the 2500 block of North Woodridge, he found McGuigan dead.
Investigators said that he had been shot multiple times with a small calibur handgun. There were no signs that someone had broke into the home, and it didn't appear that robbery had been the motive. No suspects were ever arrested.
The reward for information leading to an arrest in this case has gone from the original Crime Stoppers reward of $2,000 to $21,800. McGuigan's son and daughter, along with the Wichita Wagonmasters each added $5,000 to the reward, with the rest coming from friends and other individuals.
“The Crime Stoppers Advisory Committee feels it is important to take this step as a way to encourage someone with information about these unsolved crimes to come forward and help close them,” said Gordon Bassham, executive director of the local Crime Stoppers chapter.
Each week from now until January 1st, a different unsolved homicide will be featured. Anyone who provides a tip on these crimes that leads to an arrest will receive $2,000, which is twice the normal Crime Stoppers reward.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (316)267-2111. Tips can also be submitted online at the link below, or from mobile phones by texting TIP217 to CRIMES (274637).