Crimestoppers Partners With Local Businesses To Help Solve Cold-Case Murders
Columbia, MO (June 11, 2019) — Crimestoppers of Columbia announced today it is offering a $10,000 cash reward specifically for any tip leading to the arrest of a suspect that committed a homicide in any of 15 unresolved murders in Boone County dating back to 1978. The victims are: Leigh Ann Wilson, Peggy Donath, Cinde Kemple-Buchner, Mark Dailey, Donnell Coleman, Charles Bell, Timothy Jones, Rickie Dunn Jr., Gabrielle Rhodes, Edmond Randolph, Michael Walker, Jeffrey Jones, Jamar Hicks, Augustus Roberts, and Louis Green Jr.
“Any unsolved crime in our community is a concern,” said Terry Robb, Crimestoppers Board President. “But now with additional financial support from our friends in the business community, we have an opportunity to shine a spotlight specifically on unsolved murders and offer substantially larger rewards than ever before for tips related to cold murder cases.”
The $10,000 reward will be paid to any tip provider whose tip leads to the arrest of a murder suspect. All tip providers are guaranteed to remain anonymous, and calls to 573-875-TIPS are never traced or recorded. In addition, tip providers are never required to testify in a court case.
“Some of these murders have gone unsolved for more than 40 years and that’s frustrating,” Robb went on to say. “We have no doubt there is someone out there with information about any number of these cold cases. By guaranteeing anonymity and paying 10 Grand in cash for a single useful tip, we truly believe we’ll crack these cases.”
Information and details about each unsolved cold-case murder can be found on the Crimestoppers webpage 875tips.com, as well as a list of community participants who have pledged financial support toward each $10,000 reward. All payouts are reviewed, prior to a payout by the Crimestoppers board to ensure the payout meets the criteria as defined by the Crimestoppers board of directors. The $10,000 reward program will end on 12/31/2019.
List of Cold Case Murders from Boone County, Ranging from 1978-2018
Louis Green Jr. – 10/03/2018
On October 3, 2018, Louis L. Green Jr., age 24, was shot by an unknown suspect while he was outside of an apartment complex located at 722 Demaret Drive, Columbia, Mo. Mr. Green was transported to an area hospital and later died of his injuries. Witnesses described the color of the suspect car as a gray unknown make or model car.
Charles Bell – 09/15/2011
Charles Dwayne Bell, age 34, of Harrisburg, Mo. was reported missing to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department September 18, 2011. He was last seen by friends in northern Boone County, Missouri, Sept. 15, 2011, on his red 2009 Ducati motorcycle bearing Missouri license BP4GU. There has been no known contact with or sightings of Mr. Bell since September 15, 2011. In December of 2016 Mr. Bell was declared deceased by the Boone County Courts.
Donnell Coleman – 04/17/2011
On April 17, 2011, 27-year-old Donnell Coleman was at home in his apartment located at 7711 North La Porte Avenue in Boone County north of the city of Columbia. Between 11:35 and 11:40 p.m., multiple unknown suspects forced entry into the residence and shot Mr. Coleman to death. A 25-year-old woman and a 4-year-old child were present in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but were uninjured. The suspects were described as black males who immediately fled the apartment and left the scene, possibly in a sedan style vehicle.
Cinde Kemple-Buchner – 10/13/1987
On the evening of October 13, 1987, 28-year-old Cinde Kemple-Buchner was found deceased in her residence located on I-70 Drive Northeast, east of Route Z in Boone County. Evidence at the scene indicated there had been a violent struggle with Kemple-Buchner attempting to fend off her assailant(s). Ms. Kemple-Buchner was last seen alive earlier that day around 1:30pm outside of her residence speaking to an unknown subject. An autopsy indicated Ms. Kemple-Buchner was the victim of a homicide.
Peggy Donath – 07/21/1982
On July 21, 1982, the partially decomposed body of a white female was discovered on Williams Road, near the Riggs Quarry. The victim was identified as 22-year-old Boone County resident Peggy Susanne Donath. Donath was last seen alive at her mobile home in the former Paddock Meadows trailer park on July 14, 1982. An autopsy was conducted, and it was determined Ms. Donath was the victim of a homicide.
Leigh Ann Wilson – 11/02/1978
On November 2, 1978 at approximately 10:00pm, 36-year-old Leigh Ann Wilson left her Jefferson City, MO apartment to go to a nearby gas station. Ms. Wilson was seen at the gas station alone in her vehicle, however, she never returned home. Around 11:30pm a witness reported seeing a grey 1970’s vehicle, possibly a Pontiac, parked along the median with its flashers activated on U.S. Highway 63 south of Highway 163. The witness saw on the roadside a white male with dark hair and average build hitting the victim. The next morning the victim’s body was located in a grassy area on South Hardwick Lane, just north of a roadside park near Ashland, MO. The victim’s vehicle was later located in the parking lot of a grocery store in Jefferson City, Missouri. A medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.