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Crime Stoppers hopes increased reward will lead to more tips on homicides

Crime Stoppers of Oregon has doubled its reward for information leading to arrests in unsolved homicide cases.

The nonprofit group said Tuesday, Nov. 3, that it would offer up to $2,500 in cash for the information. Crime Stoppers will still offer rewards of up to $1,000 in cash for information leading to an arrest in any other unsolved felony case.

In all cases, Crime Stoppers says people can provide tips anonymously.

Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson, who is the law enforcement coordinator for Crime Stoppers of Oregon, said the group hopes the higher reward will spur some people to come forward with information in homicides.

“The board felt that increasing the cash reward for homicide cases may generate more leads, especially in cases where people with information are at risk,” Simpson said.

Portland Metro Crime Stoppers Inc., a nonprofit behind Crime Stoppers of Oregon, raises money for rewards mostly through donations and grants. The group has collected between $90,000 and $113,000 each year during the past five years, according to 2014 tax information, the latest year the information was available.

Simpson said Crime Stoppers “receives all of it's funding through steady donations from businesses and community members and is financially healthy.”

“But it can always use more donors,” Simpsons said.

To see the unsolved cases featured by Crime Stoppers of Oregon, visit the website, www.crimestoppersoforegon.com.

To submit anonymous tips:

• Text CRIMES (274637) — Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

• Online at crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

• Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

• Visit www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.