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Reward increased to solve cold-case killing of Wichita banker

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at 3:59 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at 5:56 p.m.

An anonymous donor this week added $2,000 to an already sizeable cash reward offered for information leading to an arrest in one of Wichita’s cold-case homicides.

The donation increases the reward to $23,200 in the case of Tim McGuigan, a Wichita bank executive found shot to death in his home on Sept. 7, 2011. Last week Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County announced McGuigan’s son and daughter and members of a business executive group, the Wagonmasters, each offered $5,000 to find the executive’s killer. McGuigan’s friends added $4,200 to a reward fund, and Crime Stoppers doubled its reward to $2,000.

McGuigan’s grown son, J.J. McGuigan, discovered his 61-year-old father dead in his living room after the banker missed a breakfast meeting and did not go to work. He was last seen alive working in his yard around 8 p.m. Sept. 6, 2011, police have said.

Authorities think it is possible McGuigan knew his killer because investigators found no evidence of robbery or forced entry into his home, near 21st Street and 127th Street East.

Crime Stoppers executive director Gordon Bassham said the increased reward had not generated any new tips in the case as of Wednesday morning. But he added, “It’s not unusual in a cold case for there to be no activity” until a sizeable compensation is offered for information.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, www.wsccs.com or by texting TIP127 plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES). Information may also be called in toll free at 800-222-8477 (TIPS). Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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