Sheriff renews interest in mass murder case

Sheriff renews interest in mass murder case

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Turner County's Sheriff reignited the investigation into a triple murder that is still unsolved after 15 years.

Tuesday, he asked the public to come forward and help get answers for the family of the three victims, Tommy Joe, Deborah and Melissa Wideman.

The three were found shot to death inside their burning home on Highway 112 East on March 22, 2002.

15 years later, no one has been arrested.

Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester said he is confident someone knows something that can help put the killer behind bars.

"We want somebody in jail that did this, and get a conviction on them," he said Tuesday in a press conference.

Sheriff Hester stood by GBI Special Agent Logan Holland to issue an appeal to the public, looking for new information that could lead to the Widemans' killer.

"We're not letting this case sit idle," said Sheriff Hester. "We're looking at it."

Special Agent Holland took over the case a couple years ago. Sheriff Hester said it's an opportunity to bring a fresh set of eyes to the case files.

They don't have any new leads they can release to the public but Sheriff Hester said he is confident this case can end in a conviction.

He said he wants anyone and everyone who knows anything about the murders to come forward once again and offer their knowledge..

"Even as small, as minute as that person might think that information is, or they might just say well they're just talking or saying things, every bit of its important," he said.

For a case that has such a big impact in such a small town, Sheriff Hester said he's ready for answers.

"To know that somebody's out there that committed this heinous act and that they're still out there and haven't answered for their crimes, I think that's what makes people the angriest," said Sheriff Hester.

The State Fire Commissioner's Office has a reward of $10,000 for anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person they believe killed the Widemans and burned the home down.

If you know anything, you can remain anonymous. Just call the Arson Control Hotline at (800) 282-5804.

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