April 13, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Richmond County investigators are looking for new leads in a month-old murder investigation, and the victim's mother is asking for your help.
Investigators say in 85 percent of the murders they solve, the help came from the public. That's why they're offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Corey Joseph's killer.
"Anyone with any information whatsoever, just tell investigators," is the request of Joseph's mother, Von Daniels.
Investigators have been trying to find that information for more than a month.
So far, they know Joseph stopped at a BP gas station on the way into work. He was alone at 7:47, and picked up two passengers by 8:00.
Then deputies found him shot to death on nearby Kensington Drive. They also found clues that could lead to the gunman.
"The types of evidence we have, being physical evidence, are things once a suspect is identified, we can link him to the crime," homicide investigator Steve Fanning told News 12.
Inv. Fanning says the mouth grill they found inside the car means they could get a DNA match.
They also have fingerprints and part of a possible name.
"In terms of identifying a suspect in this case, we're going to need the public's support," Inv. Fanning said.
That's why investigators called a news conference today. Sgt. Richard Roundtree says they need to put all the pieces together.
"We have not had a concrete lead to verify the information we already have," Sgt. Roundtree said.
He says any new information can help them figure out who got into Corey Joseph's car, what happened inside that led to the fatal gunshot, and if their current leads could lead to an arrest.
"I don't have anything other than these pictures to remind me of me of my son," Daniels said. "That person took away a very special part of the family."
You can help. If you know anything, no matter how big or small the tip may be, call the sheriff's office. It might be the crucial piece of information they need.
The first 48 hours are crucial in solving a crime like this, but sometimes people who were initially afraid to speak come forward later, so investigators are hopeful.
If you do have a tip for the sheriff's office, you can remain anonymous. And if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction, you could get the $5000 reward.
Call the sheriff's office at 706-821-1080.