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Billboards hope to spark new interest in homicide case

Six billboards around the Treasure Valley have been placed in efforts to crack a 3-year-old case. The billboards display the criminals responsible, the victim Christopher Reese, and his baby girl. (File Photo)

If you haven’t noticed, six billboards around the Treasure Valley have been placed in efforts to crack a 3-year-old case. The billboards display the criminals responsible, the victim Christopher Reese, and his baby girl.

KBOI 2’s Haley Kramer spoke to Chris' family today who hope all of this will bring them some answers.

"We want closure and we want justice for him and I know my mom feels really angry as I do when it comes to these guys are still out there. They're still living their own lives, living it up, just doing whatever. And I always refer to them as worthless cowards because that's what they are," said Ashley Pearson, sister of victim.

On December 17, 2014, authorities say two armed robbers went to the Jacksons Food Store in Notus, shot Reese in the back and took off in Reese's car with a safe of money.

The car was later found abandoned on the side of a road.

The billboards placed throughout the treasure valley are meant to remind anyone who might have information that Chris was a real person.

"It lets people know that Chris Reese isn't just a number he's not just a statistic of violent crime he's a real person and this was a real family and these people took that away from them," said Sheriff Kieran Donahue, Canyon County Sheriff.

His daughter Skyler, just a baby, is now 7-years-old and will never know her father.

"I think people need to see that he was a father, he was more than just a man he was a father. And I think that would help, I hope it does," said Polly Griggs, mother of victim.

The sheriff's office says investigators have worked on this case every day since and hope the crime stoppers billboards will bring them more information.

Over the years, they've received thousands of tips and have followed up on them all. But, this continues to be an open case.

"Somebody out there knows. Right I mean let's be realistic somebody knows something and the people who did this violent crime have talked to someone. We want that person or their people to come forward," said Donahue.

If you have information, you are urged to contact the Canyon County Sheriff's office or crime stoppers. You can remain anonymous.

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