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Canyon County Sheriff: Notus gas station murder 'not a cold case'

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue assures even after four years Chris Reese's murder is not a cold case. It's being actively investigated by their office every single day. (CBS2 File Photo)

It's coming up on four years since Chris Reese was gunned down while working the night shift at a gas station in Notus.

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue assures even after four years Chris Reese's murder is not a cold case. It's being actively investigated by their office every single day.

"It's not something these detectives or officers in this office ever quit thinking about," Donahue said.

On December 17, 2014 investigators say at least two armed robbers entered the Jacksons food store in Notus where Reese was working alone. The suspects shot Reese in the back.

"They killed Mr. Reese and then committed a robbery by taking a safe from the store," Donahue said.

The Sheriff's Office says they took off with his car, which was later found with the safe inside.

"This wasn't just some accidental stop by and rob a place there was more planning to it than that,"Donahue said. "The suspects they knew what they were doing and they had they concealed their identity very well and right down to the masks and the gloves that basically preclude us identifying them easily."

Donahue says a tremendous amount of time and effort has gone into trying to piece together all of the information and evidence they've gathered and identify the men behind the masks.

"It's been a long road and we're hoping this anniversary date will bring it back to peoples minds and underscore the importance of bringing information forward if you have information or you find information," Donahue said.

Over these past four years their office has received thousands of tips and investigators have run down each one. That's something they will continue to do until they find justice.

"This young man's family he lost his life he was a father of a very young child," Donahue said. "These people are without their family members and of course Christmas time brings that back together."

Chris' mother Polly Griggs wants answers and is calling for the public to help solve her son's murder. Reese's daughter Skyler is now 8-years-old and will never know her father.

Griggs calls her son's murder senseless and the men involved cowardly. She asks those who may have any information to put themselves in her shoes and come forward because the smallest piece of information could solve his murder.

The sheriff's office says it is investigating every bit of information it receives. If you do have any information you are urged to contact the Canyon County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers.

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