Economy Forces Halt At Crime Reward Foundation


Time is running out for the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As of July 31, the foundation, based in Modesto, Ca., suspended rewards in new cases pending a change in the economy. The fund’s Sharon Sanders said that as of June, it was offering $225,000 in rewards in 42 cases. Since its start in 1999, the organization had put up $3,546,500 in rewards in 529 cases – 367 homicides, 11 missing persons and 11 miscellaneous, such as attempted murder, child abduction, or hit-and-run. It has paid out $294,243 in 30 cases.

The nonprofit foundation is supported by corporate and public donations that have waned with the recession. “If the foundation is able to rebuild itself, we can come back to victims and offer rewards,” Sanders said. “With the economic situation in this nation, we just needed to take a breather.”

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