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Reported by Blair Simmons

Investigators release more money for area cold cases

Mid-South families desperate to find out who killed their loved ones were given new hope Monday as investigators released new funds to try to solve several area cold cases.

  • Ethan Jacobs was shot and killed on the boat ramp at McKeller Lake last June. His father is still pleading to find his killer.
  • Bartlett pediatrician Cherryl Lamont Pearson hasn't been seen since January 2002.
  • Alicia Fitch and her 3-year-old son, Joshua Hampton, were found stabbed to death in their apartment September 10, 2001.
  • 18-year-old Kirsten Kryszak hasn't been seen since New Year's Eve seven years ago.

All of these cases have gone cold, and all of the victims have families that still want answers.

"My world ended...ended, said Karen St. Mary, Kryszak's mother. "At first I thought she was missing for a few days. I thought, you know how the party scene goes. But upon the second call from her roommate prompted me to call Missing Persons."

Kryszak's case has was turned over from Missing Persons to Homicide. But St. Mary remains optimistic, hoping a new $18,000 reward will prompt somebody to come forward with information about her daughter's disappearance.

Monday, police announced that for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction in any of the above cases, thousands of dollars in reward money is available.

"I'm tellin' you right now, somebody in this community knows something about every one of these cases, and all we need is a little bit of help," Police Director Larry Godwin said.

The families know the money won't bring their loved ones back, but it may help buy them a little closure.

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