Since 1978, there have been 15 unsolved murders in Boone County. CrimeStoppers of Columbia wants to draw on the public’s help to solve them and announced Monday it would offer a $10,000 reward for any tips that lead to arrests of suspects in these cold cases.

Tip providers will be guaranteed anonymity and will not be forced to testify in court, according to CrimeStoppers’ news release.

“Some of these murders have gone unsolved for more than 40 years and that’s frustrating,” CrimeStoppers board president Terry Robb said in the release. “We have no doubt there is someone out there with information about any number of these cold cases. By guaranteeing anonymity and paying $10,000 in cash for a single useful tip, we truly believe we’ll crack these cases.”

Eleven community businesses have pledged financial support for the initiative, according to Crimestoppers’ website. Robb emphasized that “additional financial support from our friends in the business community” allowed for substantially larger rewards for tips.

Anyone with information or tips should call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-8477. 

Here is a list of the victims of the unsolved murders, as well as information on their cases. Photos available of the victims can be found on the CrimeStoppers website. Unless otherwise noted, there is no information publicly available about suspects.

Louis Green Jr. (Oct. 3, 2018)

Green, 24, was shot outside his apartment complex at 722 Demaret Drive in Columbia. He was hospitalized and later died of his injuries. The only information known about the suspect is the car, a gray unknown make or model.

Augustus Roberts (Dec. 11, 2017)

Roberts, 28, was killed in a drug-related homicide at his home in Columbia’s Old Hawthorne neighborhood.

His murder has prompted a federal investigation, which has so far resulted in nine indictments, including prominent Missouri marijuana lobbyist Eapen Thampy, who was indicted this month.

Jamar Hicks (July 16, 2017)

Hicks, 26, was one of three victims of a triple shooting in the 2900 block of East Broadway, near a Break Time convenience store. Hicks was hospitalized and later died of his injuries.

Jeffrey Jones (March 26, 2017)

Jones, 26, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a victim of a triple shooting in northwest Columbia, near I-70 Drive Northwest. Jones died on the scene of the shooting.

Michael Walker Jr. (March 26, 2017)

Walker, 32, from Columbia, was killed in the same triple shooting as Jones. He died after being hospitalized for his injuries.

Edmond ‘Ricky’ Randolph (June 24, 2016)

Randolph, 25, was shot and killed in his apartment in the 2900 block of Leeway Drive in Columbia.

In 2017, CrimeStoppers raised $6,500 for a tip leading to the arrest of the killer.

Gabrielle Rhodes (April 25, 2016)

Rhodes, 24, was shot and killed in the 1500 block of Sylvan Lane.

Rickie Dunn Jr. (Nov. 14, 2014)

Dunn, 40, was shot in the 1400 block of Illinois Avenue and later died in the hospital.

Timothy Jones (Dec. 20, 2011)

Jones, 43, was found dead by the MKT Trail (no specific location was noted). Evidence at the scene indicated he was murdered.

He had occupied several homes in Columbia, but when he was booked into Boone County Jail in 2007, he said he was homeless.

Charles Bell (Sept. 15, 2011)

Bell, 34, went missing in September 2011. He was last seen in northern Boone County on his red 2009 Ducati motorcycle, with a license number of BP4GU. Bell was declared dead by a Boone County court in December 2016.

Donnell Coleman (April 17, 2011)

{span}Coleman, 27, was shot and killed during a forced entry into his apartment, 7711 N.orth La Porte Ave. north of Columbia, between 11:35 and 11:40 p.m. The suspects were described as men who fled the scene, possibly in a sedan-style vehicle.{/span}

Mark Dailey (Jan. 7, 2009)

{span}Dailey’s remains were found in the woods near the Walmart on Conley Road in Columbia. An autopsy and study of the remains put his time of death in July or August of 2008. Dailey, 49, was homeless and known to have camped in the area.{/span}

Cinde Kemple-Buchner (Oct. 13, 1987)

Kemple-Buchner, 28, was founded dead in her home on I-70 Drive Northeast. Evidence suggested there was a violent struggle at the home.

Peggy Donath (July 21, 1982)

Donath, 22, was determined to be a homicide victim after her body was discovered on Williams Road near Riggs Quarry in northern Boone County.

Leigh Ann Wilson (Nov. 2, 1978)

Wilson, 36, was found dead north of a roadside park near Ashland, Missouri, after she left her home in Jefferson City to go to a gas station and didn’t return.

A witness reported a 1970s vehicle, possibly a Pontiac, parked with its flashers on U.S.Highway 63 around 11:30 p.m. that night. Wilson’s vehicle — a different car — was later found in a grocery store parking lot in Jefferson City.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

  • State government reporter at the Missourian. Reach me at galenbacharier@gmail.com, or in the newsroom at 882-5700. Follow me on Twitter @galenbacharier.

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