Local business adds to reward for info on fire

A local business is teaming up with Fayette County Crimewatchers in offering a reward for information about last month’s fatal fire.
That fire at High School Apartments in the early morning hours of May 10 claimed the life of one of the complex’s residents, 63-year-old Jerry Voris.
A State Fire Marshal investigator ruled the fire an arson, and continued to investigate the case with the Vandalia Police Department.
In the days after the fire, VPD Chief Jeff Ray announced that a Fayette County Crimewatchers reward of $2,500 was being offered for information about the fire.
Late last week, Ray announced that Circle K had offered to set up a collection bar to add to the reward, and that $204 had been collected at the business.
Anyone having information that could lead to an arrest in the arson case can anonymously call the Crimewatchers number, 283-1986.
“We have followed all the tips we have received, and we’re kind of at a dead end,” Ray said.
“We’re hoping that there are still people out there who can give us some tips,” he said.
The Fayette County Crimewatchers offers rewards for tips on crimes committed anywhere in the county, as well as information about people who have outstanding warrants in the county, Ray said.
The Crimewatchers’ reward fund was established with contributions from all of the municipalities in the county.
Recently, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison and his assistant, Amanda Ade-Harlow, agreed to help out the fund by contributing fine money collected in the county, Ray said.

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