Reward offered in Moultrie homicide investigation

Reward offered in Moultrie homicide investigation

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Moultrie pastors are pleading with the community to come forward with information in the shooting death of Mattie Harris, 68.

It's been more than two weeks since the murder took place and still no answers.

The GBI, Moultrie Police Department, and pastors gathered today to hold a press conference announcing a $1,500  reward.

That money came from the community here in Moultrie, several churches and a private donor all chipped in, in order to raise this amount.

"If y'all know anything about my momma's murder case I'm begging you please come forward because I need justice for her." said Joyce Green, Harris's daughter.

An emotional plea that now comes with a price tag: $1,500 to anyone with any information that leads to an arrest in the murder case of Harris.

"The only way you can get people's attention. I've found out through the years is through money," said W.B Sales, Reverend.

Harris was shot and killed as she was walking up to the front door of her home on July 18th.

Her purse and keys were found lying next to her.

A senseless act of violence that some feel is far too common these days.

"We need to take back our community but not only for what happened to my mom but we need to get the community back in control," said Green.

"Ms. Mattie, she was a pillar in this community," said Sean Ladson.

Ladson is now the new Chief of Police in Moultrie. New leadership comes with a new push for justice.

"It's going to be the police departments top priority to exhaust all resources to assist the police department in any way we can," said Ladson.

GBI Special Agent in Charge Jamy Steinberg says they have spent countless hours collecting evidence and talking to neighbors in the community.

"Some of the people in this investigation that we've made contact with are people we have talked to before, prior defendants in other cases. They are shocked by her death," said Steinberg.

Steinberg says a common theme in their investigation is how loved this woman was.

"Some of the comments that we have received have been that she was always willing to give someone a ride, give them something to eat, just being an ear to hear about a problem they may have," said Steinberg.

And until an arrest is made, the mission for justice will continue.

"It would be robbery if we did not do all we could to try and bring some closure to this family," said Sales.

If anyone has information about this case they need to come forward. You can call the GBI at 229-225-4090 or the Moultrie Police Department Tip line at 229-890-5449.

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