Crime Stoppers of Wichita-Sedgwick County will pay $1,000 to the person whose tip led to three arrests in a hit-and-run crash that left a man riding a horse dead and injured a 6-year-old boy.
The organization’s advisory committee on Monday auhorized the reward – the highest usually approved – in the July 5 traffic death of 49-year-old Lloyd Ferguson, Crime Stoppers executive director Gordon Bassham said in an e-mailed statement. Thanks to the tip, police found a silver Grand Marquis that hit Ferguson, his horse and the boy, Eddie Caddell, hidden in a garage in the 2900 block of North Coolidge nearly a month after the crash.
The person thought to be its driver, 26-year-old George Childers, was arrested on suspicion of leaving an accident and felony obstruction of justice in the ensuing investigation, police have said.
Two others – Elease Childers, 28, and Colleen Fisher, 19 – were also jailed on suspicion of obstruction of justice.
As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed in connection with the crash or Ferguson’s death, Sedgwick County District Attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said. Those arrested were released, he said, pending further investigation by the district attorney’s office.
The driver of a second car that hit Ferguson and the boy, as well as two witnesses who ran to their aid in the aftermath of the crash, is not facing charges.
Following the arrests, Crime Stoppers executive director Gordon Bassham called the tip “critical” to solving the police investigation.
“This is one of the major cases Wichita police have had this year,” Bassham told The Eagle in July. “To be able to solve it is a very important thing for the community.”
Tips to Crime Stoppers are always anonymous and may draw up to a $1,000 reward if they lead to an arrest. Tipsters can phone in information to 316-267-2111, text TIP217 and a message to CRIMES (274637) or submit tips online at www.wsccs.com. Each tip is issued a number, which is used to check whether a reward has been approved.