Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Up to $20,000 Reward on Homicide

Helen Stuart

Newark Police are partnering with Licking County Crime Stoppers and the family of Helen Stuart to offer up to a $20,000 reward for anyone that has information leading to an arrest in an unsolved homicide of  Mrs. Stuart which  happened 21 years ago.

On April 21, 1989, an Ohio Department of Transportation worker found the body of 71-year old Helen Stuart, strangled, in the back seat of an abandoned car on Ohio 16 east of Ohio 668 in Hanover Township.  Newark Police report the initial assault is believed to have occurred at Stuart’s Russell Avenue home.

The victim’s family has donated the $20,000 reward money.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888 or 1-888-488-9058. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller but allows for the reward to be issued at a later time.    

Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers’ Board. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Licking County Crime Stoppers, Inc., P.O. Box 304, Newark, OH 43058-0304.