CrimeStoppers increases reward in Rickie Dunn homicide case
COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County CrimeStoppers increased the reward on Wednesday to $2,000 for any tips leading to an arrest in the homicide of Rickie Dunn.
The Board of Directors decided to increase the amount in order to encourage individuals who have knowledge of the crime to come forward.
Rickie Dunn, 40, was shot last November in the 1400 block of Illinois Avenue in Columbia. He was pronounced dead at the hospital due to his injuries.
Bill Costello is the president of CrimeStoppers and believes they are battling a "no snitch" mentality. He said it poses a challenge because people are hesitant to come forward and share information about crimes.
According to Costello, he believes law enforcement has a "good idea" of who committed the crime.
"We guarantee anonymity to anyone who comes forward with tips, and we can assure they remain completely anonymous, and we can pay them for the information," Costello said.
CrimeStoppers is a not-for-profit organization, and the reward money is completely from donations that is independent from law enforcement and tax revenues.
They determine how much the reward will be according to the case and when the arrest is made. A tip leading to the arrest in a murder case is typically the highest.
Usually, the reward amount is around $1,500. Costello said they do not give out rewards exceeding $2,000, unless it is a special circumstance in which they recieve a lot of donations.
"Some people are motivated simply by the fact that they want to solve a crime...others they are just looking for the cash, and that's fine. We don't care what their reason is. As long as they come forward," Costello said.
Historically, the individual who provides the tip that leads to an arrest gets the reward. However, if more than one person comes forward with a key piece of information that can help solve the case, they will assess who gets the reward on a case-by-case basis.
If anyone knows any information regarding the incident, he or she can contact CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.