By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – A $5,000 cash offer for information leading to arrests in any unsolved murder in the county will remain in effect in 2011.
In May the Yalobusha Crime Stoppers publicized the reward for information on any unsolved murder in the county. The offer also came just two months after Carey Shantell McCollins was fatally shot at a residence on West Lee Street in Water Valley on March 2.
No arrests have been made in that homicide and the Water Valley Police Department is actively working the case.
There were also two murders in 2009 that are unsolved, one in Coffeeville and one in Water Valley. On Feb. 13, 2009, Ernest Moore was gunned down in his car on Kennedy Street in Coffeeville.
Columbus Jimmy Buford was brutally murdered on Dec. 15, 2009, at his home on Calhoun Street in Water Valley.
While the money is earmarked for any unsolved homicide in the county, Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys cited the trio of murders as the driving force in the decision by the Yalobusha County Crime Stoppers.
The sheriff also listed a 2004 homicide near the Water Valley Boat Landing in the county that remains unsolved.
Kristina Dixon was killed at her home in June, 2004, and the sheriff’s department and Mississippi Bureau of Investigations have kept the case active after seven years.
“We traveled to Missouri earlier this year after receiving a tip,” Humphreys said. Although the tip did not pan out, Humphreys said his department has not given up.
“We would love to get a tip that would break any one of these cases,” Humphreys added.
Anyone who can help is urged to call the Water Valley Police Department lice at 473-2933, the Coffeeville Police Department at 675-2411 or Yalobusha County Crime-Stoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS or 473-4935. Tips can also be sent by email to: TIPS@YalobushaCounty.net.
CrimeStoppers callers are never required to reveal their identity nor testify in court.