For the first time in its 35-year existence, the Columbia CrimeStoppers program has adjusted its reward policy to accept personally-donated funds earmarked for solving a specific crime.
In June of 2016, Edmond Randolph, Jr. was murdered in Columbia, and though police have aggressively worked the case since, no tips or information have yet led to an arrest. Late last week, an anonymous donor offered an additional $5,000 in reward money to be paid for any tip leading to the arrest of Randolph’s killer. The offer prompted the CrimeStoppers board to adjust its policy going forward with regard to paying out cash for anonymous tips on specific crimes.
“We’ve always drawn from our general pool of cash donations for tip payout in the past,” said CrimesStoppers Board President Terry Robb. “But when we were approached with the offer of additional funds to help solve this particular murder, we felt it was time to adjust our policy on how we handle rewards paid for specific crimes.”
CrimeStoppers typically pays $1,500 for anonymous tips in unsolved murder cases, and with the additional donation, Robb hopes the larger reward total of $6,500 will encourage someone with information about the crime to come forward.
“We know someone knows something about this terrible crime,” said Robb. “And we can guarantee absolute anonymity, as well as a nice cash reward for any information that helps us catch the person or persons responsible for Mr. Randolph’s death.”
To receive the $6,500 cash reward, anyone with information leading to an arrest in Mr. Randolph’s murder case can call 573-875-TIPS and is guaranteed to remain anonymous.