Police offer cash for information in death investigations
The Fort Myers Police Department is offering $5,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in unsolved homicides and death investigations.
Chief Doug Baker said the reward money is in response to a recent spike in violent crime.
“We need citizens to play an active role in keeping our neighborhoods safe. The cash is extra incentive to get involved,” he said in a prepared statement issued this morning.
The money will come from the department’s forfeiture fund so money seized from criminals is being used to put criminals in jail, officials said.
In addition to the reward money Baker has also enhanced the department’s Violent Crime Task Force by teaming up with Crime Stoppers for the Gun Bounty program offering cash to tipsters who provide information on anyone in possession of an illegal firearm.
Anyone with information should call FMPD at 321-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.
Date: Jan. 12, 2009
Victim: Kelly Grant
Location: 3265 Royal Palm Avenue
Date: Jan. 17, 2009
Victim: Eugene Brown
Location: 2909 Blount Street
Date: Feb. 7, 209
Victims: Kems Fortune and John Mathurin
Location: 3527 Spruce Lane
Date: Feb. 14, 2009
Victim: Michaud Mitchell
Location: 2165 Davis Street
Date: March 20, 2009
Victim: Charles Ramsey II
Location: Midway Avenue/Willard Street
The following information is in reference to two death investigations detectives are working for 2009. The cases have not been ruled homicides but the circumstances surrounding the deaths are suspicious.
Date: Feb. 20, 2009
Deceased: Kwasie Morain
Location: 3193 E. Riverside Drive
Date: Feb. 10, 2009
Deceased: Danielle Blackburn
Location: 3623 Crestwood Lake Avenue
Source: City of Fort Myers