Friday, May 3, 2013
Tuesday morning, a farmer found 19-year-old Jordan Turner's body in a Sedgwick County cotton field. Twenty-four hours later, sheriff's investigators had a tip, a valid tip that led them to the four people they believe are behind his murder.
"Once the tip came in to the sheriff's office, they reviewed the information and they began looking into the potential suspects," said Crime Stoppers Executive Director Gordon Bassham.
He said the tipster "called" in the information to the Crime Stoppers hot line. Turner's father Frank says he's grateful to the caller who helped find his son's suspected killers.
"It takes a great conscience," said Frank Turner. "They knew the direction they were going in, but it was good they got the help they needed."
Wichita/Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers gets hundreds of tips every year. Last year, nearly 1,700 tips came in leading to 116 arrests. Crime Stoppers paid out almost $1600 in reward money. Bassham says surprisingly not everyone wants the cash.
"By far, a large number of people who provide tips never claim or ask for the reward," he said. "They just want to give help. So there are a lot of good people out there who want to help catch the bad guy."
The Crime Commission Board votes on how much of a reward to give to tipsters whose information leads to arrests. In this case, Bassham says the caller will likely get the entire $1,000 reward.
Crime Stoppers will never ask your name and has never breached its agreement to anonymity. The number is 316-267-2111.