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Officials increase reward, guarantee anonymity for tips in case of missing baby

Friday, February 17, 2017

ANDERSON, SC - The reward for information in the case of a 1-year-old who was reported missing in 2015 has increased -- and investigators say tipsters are guaranteed anonymity.

Investigators have ‘fresh set of eyes’ on case of Baby Leonna, missing since June 2015, sheriff says Anderson Area Crimestoppers announced that the new reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of Leonna Wright is $10,000. The reward was previously $3,500.

Lt. Tony Tilley credited donations from the community, the efforts of Upstate activist Traci Fant and Sheriff Chad McBride, and Leona's family for the increase in the reward.

Tilley said Leonna's family is pleading for any leads, no matter how insignificant the information might seem.

"Someone, somewhere has information," Tilley said.

Fant has been helping with the case for months, and credited investigators and the family for keeping the case alive when there was a temptation to give up. "I never imagined that someone so small, that I never held, could change my life in such a phenomenal way," Fant said.

She said anyone who provides information can remain anonymous, and "will not be a snitch -- they will be a hero."

Tilley said even paying of the reward will be anonymous, and the person who writes the check won't even know who the reward is going to. Investigators said Leonna disappeared on June 6, 2015, from the Edgewood Square apartment.

They said her mother’s boyfriend, Travis Jones, was watching the child when she disappeared. Jones shared the apartment with Leonna’s mother, Kiara Sullivan. At the time of the disappearance, investigators thought Leonna might have crawled or walked out of the apartment, but they said that was ruled out. Sullivan and Jones were both arrested on unrelated charges after her disappearance. In January,

WYFF News 4’s Mandy Gaither spoke with Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride about the case. “We have fresh sets of eyes looking over her case and several others. We’re reviewing them, and we will be relentless in trying to pursue the truth of what happened to baby Leonna.

We’re concerned about any cold case, but when it comes to children, we’re going to be extra vigilant and protective of our children,” McBride said.

McBride said the new captain of investigators met with investigators assigned to Leonna’s case in January and heard a complete review of the investigation.

He added that investigators had met with Leonna’s family a couple of months ago.

Source: WYFF 4

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