Skelton reward fund update 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

The reward fund for information leading to the return of the missing Skelton brothers is growing, Morenci mayor Keith Pennington told city council Monday night, and there is now $23,000 that can be accessed to pay for tips.

Pennington said $8,000 is in the bank and an additional $15,000 was pledged prior to the establishment of the reward.

The Skelton Reward Fund Steering Committee could request money from the pledged funds if needed to pay a reward for tips that lead to the safe return or recovery of the boys and successful prosecution of those responsible for their disappearance.

Pennington said the committee will choose an amount to pay if it decides that a reward is justified. Multiple tips leading to resolution of the case could result in more than one cash award.

If no reward is paid, the money received—but not the pledged amounts—would be divided by the committee among three uses: playground equipment for Wakefield Park, playground equipment for the elementary school and the Morenci Education Foundation.

George and Diana Vereecke of Morenci promised to donate $3,000 to the fund if another $3,000 came in. They made good on the promise, Pennington said, and that contributed to the $8,000 that’s been received in cash.

“I’m very pleased with the effort the committee is making and the response they are receiving,” Pennington told council members.

Planning continues for an auction fund raiser scheduled March 19 at the high school.

Committee members are Jan Mohr, Cyndee Sanders and Kathye Herrera.

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