FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — To help make new leads in unsolved cases, law enforcement agencies in California can request rewards from the Governor’s office. On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom offered a $50,000 reward to help solve a 2016 double-murder case in Fresno County. But, there already is a Governor’s reward up for grabs in the county.
Tony Botti, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, said the agency applied for the reward in April to help solve the murders of William Harris, 17, and Kayla DeBorde, 19.
Both were attending a birthday party in Easton in Jan. 2016 when a fight broke out. That’s when shots were fired, according to the sheriff’s office, hitting and killing Harris and DeBorde.
The sheriff’s office has had a longstanding $50,000 Governor’s reward since 2005 for the death of 12-year-old Kevin Vang. Vang was shot and killed in 2004, according to Botti.
The crime tip reward program, which has been around since 1967, allows the Governor to offer $50,000 for information for certain unsolved crimes. That reward can increase to $100,000 for certain crimes against first responders and arson cases involving a place of worship.
Once a reward is offered, it doesn’t expire.