Family of murdered man seeks answers

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6 o'clock, May 12, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Richmond County investigators are offering a reward as they search for a killer. 29-year-old Tollie Mitchell was found shot to death in his car yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday Tollie Mitchell's family was hit with tragic news that a son, brother, and father was murdered. Today they want to know why.

"I just really want somebody to come forward," said Mitchell's sister, Ronique Coleman. "He didn't anything to anybody."

The 29-year-old father of two was found murdered in his car yesterday afternoon at the Regency Square apartment complex. How it happened is still a mystery.

He was last seen just an hour before at his mother's house, where he was taking care of his nephew.

"It's just unbelievable," Ronique said. "I really want to know why. What was the reason to shoot somebody like that?"

Investigators say it happened around 4:15. A neighbor called 911 after seeing the caution lights blinking on Mitchell's car.

He went over to investigate, but it was too late. Mitchell was dead from one gunshot to his head.

Investigators combed the area for hours and even brought in K-9 tracking dogs.

"We've gotten a little information from some of the people," said Lt. Scott Peebles. "We want to let the people in the area know that we're working on it."

The news of Mitchell's murder is unsettling for many who live nearby.

Everyone is hoping for an arrest in the case, especially Mitchell's family, who say the only way they can move forward will be to see his killer brought to justice.

"I don't wish nothing bad on anyone, but why? If anybody out there knows anything, could they please come forward?" Ronique said.

Richmond County's Major Case Squad is handling this murder investigation. They were handing out flyers yesterday in the area.

Right now they are offering a cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest. Callers can remain anonymous. If you have any information, call 706-821-1020.

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