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Reward increased to $11,000 for suspect in Greenwood County homicides

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at 1:40 p.m.

The reward amount in the Greenwood County double-homicide case has been increased by $6,000 to a total of $11,000, according to information provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback offered $5,000 – the most he’s allowed under state law – for information leading to the arrest of Kevin Welsh, who is a suspect in the case. Private residents and businesses have contributed $6,000 to the reward total, a KBI spokesman said.

Law enforcement agencies thought they were closing in on Welsh’s capture Monday night when they surrounded an abandoned laundromat in Eureka.

But Welsh was not found after searches in several areas in Eureka, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday in a news release.

Welsh is still thought to be in the Eureka area, Schmidt said

Welsh is a suspect in the Oct. 3 fatal shooting of Keith Kalen Kriesel, 54, and his wife Sheila, 52, and the wounding of their 26-year-old daughter. The woman remains in serious condition in Wesley Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Welsh is thought to be armed, Schmidt said. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 800-572-7463.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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