SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Earlier this week, the family of Savannah murder victim Rebecca Foley announced the reward fund for information leading to an arrest and conviction had been increased to $15,000.
The reward grew even larger Friday, as businessman O.C. Welch, who has been involved as of late in matters of crime in Savannah, offered to add $10,000 to the Foley reward fund. His contribution would make the total $25,000 for information leading police to the person who killed the young woman in January.
On Sunday afternoon, on what would have been Rebecca Foley's 22nd birthday, her family released 275 balloons on Tybee Island. There were 100 balloons released plus 22 for her 22 years of life and 153 more for the numbers of days since she had been killed.
Police still have no leads in the case of Foley's murder. She was shot to death in her car in her south side Savannah apartment complex and was found 100 yards away outside the car. No witnesses have been found so far.
O.C. Welch says he wants to help the family once again.
"That's right. A $10,000 reward to go along with that existing reward," Welch said. "I'm just contacting you right now, but I will call Crimestoppers."
Welch said he'll also be starting a new billboard campaign to go along with the new reward. Welch said he truly believes someone out there knows something and he thinks money will draw the information out.
After 11 months, the Wesley Franklin case, which seemed to go cold, all of a sudden had a big break and an arrest. In that case, a CrimeStoppers tip led to the arrest of Brandon Mackey, and Welch is hoping big money will lead to a tip and information needed to catch whoever killed Foley.
Welch claims one major network has already called him about the case, so the attention is there. Now he's thinking the money will get someone to talk.
"I think so. I really do. All the time there is always some one who knows something. There conscience bothers them enough and they don't want to deal with it anymore. I've had probably 15 or 20 phone calls and tips just about Rebecca Foley," Welch said.
He also said he hasn't yet spoken with Crimestoppers, which was a source of confusion in the Franklin case when it came to the reward money, but he's not changing how he efforts his commitment to fighting crime.
"No sir. I haven't I am just going to continue to offer reward money anytime somebody asks me to get involved," he said.
While there is no doubting Welch's heart is in the right place, if there is one criticism some have had, it might be he doesn't exactly follow the right chain of command when it comes to reward money.
However, Welch did say he plans on calling CrimeStoppers and making contact with them about how to get his money to them so it can be properly rewarded.
If anyone has any information about the fatal shooting, call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. Callers can remain anonymous.