Crime Stoppers renews request for help in cold case

Tim McGuigan

WICHITA, Kansas – Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is renewing its request for the public’s assistance in solving a 2011 homicide, it was announced today by Gordon Bassham, executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission.

Back on September 7, 2011, Tim McGuigan was found shot to death in his home after co-workers reported he hadn’t shown up for work that morning. Investigators said there was no sign of a robbery or a struggle.

“In October, 2012 Crime Stoppers, working in partnership with the Wichita Police Department, established a supplemental reward fund to encourage anyone with information about the murder of Wichita banker Tim McGuigan to step forward anonymously and help solve the case,” said Bassham. “Family members and friends of Mr. McGuigan last fall donated $23,850 in supplemental reward funds to be paid to the person who anonymously provided information that resulted in the arrest of the person or persons involved in his homicide.”

Bassham said Crime Stoppers made a commitment to the donors last year to review the case before November 1, 2013.

On that date, each donor will be given the option of leaving their reward funds on deposit with Crime Stoppers, donating the funds to Crime Stoppers, or having the money returned to them.

“Before we turn the next page in this chapter, Crime Stoppers wants once again to work aggressively to solve this cold case homicide,” said Bassham.

McGuigan’s son and daughter are each offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. In addition, Wichita Wagonmasters has added $5,000 to the reward fund, and other individual Wagonmasters and friends of Tim McGuigan have added another $8,850 to the fund. Crime Stoppers also will add up to an additional $1,000 for a tip leading to an arrest in the crime, bringing the total potential reward fund up to $24,850.

“This supplemental reward fund is an excellent example of community members working together through Crime Stoppers to help local law enforcement solve a cold case homicide,” said Bassham.

“We encourage anyone with information about the McGuigan homicide or any felony crime to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously, either by phone at 316-267-2111, by text message by sending their tip to CRIMES (274637) and beginning their text message with “TIP217″, or on the web at www.wsccs.com,” said Bassham.

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